The Dock, Launchpad, and Mission Control

Learn about the OS X Mountain Lion Dock, OS X Mountain Lion Launchpad, and OS X Mountain Lion Mission Control in this lesson.

To switch to a different desktop space:

For convenience, there are a few different ways to switch between desktop spaces:

To change the desktop background:

It may be helpful to have a different desktop background for each desktop space so you'll always know at a glance which one you're in.

  1. From Mission Control, switch to the desktop space you want to change.


    Screenshot of OS X Mountain LionSwitching to a different space
  2. Right-click the desktop, then select Change Desktop Background.


    Screenshot of OS X Mountain LionChanging the desktop background
  3. Select the desired image. It will become the background for the current desktop space. If desired, repeat these steps with all other desktop spaces to give each one a unique image.


    Screenshot of OS X Mountain LionSelecting a new background image

To move an open window to a different desktop space:

Sometimes you may want to move an open window to a different desktop space to get it out of the way. Then you can switch to that desktop space whenever you want to use the window.

  1. From Mission Control, drag a window to the desired desktop space.


    Screenshot of OS X Mountain LionMoving a window to a different space
  2. When you want to use the window again, you can simply switch to the desktop space where it's located.


    Screenshot of OS X Mountain LionThe window in its new space

If you want an app to always open in a specific desktop space, right-click the app in the Dock and select This Desktop under Options.

Screenshot of OS X Mountain LionAssigning an app to a space