El Capitan and Fullscreen Spaces

In the bad old days (i.e., the day before yesterday), when you made an app fullscreen on your Mac, the fullscreen app got added to a space in Mission Control at the far right. That was fine for users who never had more than one desktop space in Mission Control (that is, just about everyone). However, I usually have six or seven desktop spaces in play at any time, so if I were working on something on, say, my first desktop, and had to get to the fullscreen space, I would have to navigate through all the other spaces via the keyboard (Control + ← or Control + →), or show the Mission Control bar and mouse over to it. Like a savage.

El Capitan, however, allows you to make and position a fullscreen app beside whichever Mission Control desktop you like: just grab the app’s window and slam it against the top of the screen, then drag its thumbnail beside the desktop space you want it to neighbor.

Here’s a video that shows how it works.

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2 Responses to El Capitan and Fullscreen Spaces

  1. Kirk says:

    I just use Command-Tab to get to the app in its space. I’ve never navigated spaces any other way, with the occasional exception of using a hot corner to activate Mission Control.

    • Michael Cohen says:

      Still could be a few keypresses depending on the last time you accessed the app.

      Besides, it just feels so darn satisfying to slam an app against the top of the screen!