Spaces has been around since OS X Leopard, but it’s features have changed a bit now that we upgraded to Lion. Spaces has been revamped and comes with a new Mission Control feature. Missions Control is our one-stop place for viewing all the application windows you have on your Mac. If you are anything like me, then you may have multiple projects going at once. When you are able to create multiple Desktops, you will have a more productive work space.

Using Spaces To Simplify Your Projects Needs And Make Them Organized

There are four main parts of the OS X Lion Spaces that are used the most frequently by users like you and I. They are creating multiple desktops, removing desktops, move windows from desktop to desktop and assigning keyboard shortcuts. No matter if you use one or all of them, you will have a better virtual workspace.

Create 18 New Desktops

Ok, so maybe you don’t honestly need 18 different desktops, but if you did you have the capabilities to do so with Spaces in Mac OS X Lion. This capability can be great if you are working on multiple projects at once. Full screen applications, the dashboard space and addition desktops are included.

There are three different ways to create a new Desktop.

  • The first way is the most common. It is launching Mission Control by hitting the F3 button and moving your cursor over the top left or right corner. Here you will see a separate window appear and a + sign. Clicking it will create a new desktop.
  • The second way to create a new Desktop space is by enabling full screen mode from the right-hand corner of the title bar.
  • The third way to create a new Desktop is by dragging and dropping a currently opened window from the Mission Control section at the top left or right corner until the Desktop icon appears.

Remove Desktops Easily

You can also easily remove any Desktops you have created if you have created to many. You will move your cursor to the top left hand corner of the Desktop that you want to remove. You will see an “X” appear and press the “X”. The desktop will be removed from your Mission Control. Once you have removed a Desktop, there is no way to regain the Desktop. It is important that you no longer need that information before you remove it.

Move Windows Between Desktops

You have the capability to move different windows between Desktops in Mission Control. This is a great way to move information around and use it for other projects. This will also help keep your Desktops organized. You will simply move a window by clicking on the Desktop in Mission Control and then drag and drop the window onto the Desktop you want to be placed.

Along with moving windows between desktops, you can jump to a different Desktop easily. You will want to click on the Desktop you want to work on. Then use three or four fingers and swipe the mouse pad to move between desktops without having to open Mission Control.

Assign Keyboard Shortcuts

You are still able to move between Spaces Desktops using your keyboard, but the setting location has changed. The new Keyboard settings has been moved to the Keyboard section of System Preference. You will want to open up the Keyboard settings then select “Mission Control” from the list under the “Keyboard Shortcuts’’ tab.

Combining Three Past Technologies To Create A Powerful Application

Mission Control is a combination of the past versions of three technologies on Mac OS X. These three different technologies are Spaces, Exposé and Dashboard. With Mission Control you have the ability to view the documents and applications you have open as well, have a virtual workspace that is organized and easy to switch back and forth from. There is many different reasons to use Spaces and they can be useful for a variety of projects.

50 Melisse Deering


Melisse Deering is a trained Mac expert as well as a passionate Mac user. She quickly realized the significance of Mac’s user friendliness and advanced features, motivating her to become an avid user and sequentially an expert.