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Adding More Desktop Spaces In OS X Lion, Part II

After you have launched an application and after that set it to the full-screen mode, you should know that a space dedicated to that application is going to be created automatically. However, you should be aware of the fact that not all apps support this full-screen mode. To find out if a certain app has this feature, look at the upper right corner of the app’s interface to check and see if there is a pair of arrows.

Once you are running an application in full-screen mode, the app’s thumbnail is going to appear in Mission Control at the thumbnail list’s end with the app’s name instead of Desktop 1, Desktop 2, Desktop 3, etc.

If you want to add desktop spaces via Mission Control, these new spaces are going to be added before the full-screen app, but the good news is that you are able to move this full-screen app by clicking & dragging. It is important to mention that adding new spaces after you have moved the full-screen app, these new spaces are going to be added to the list’s end. Keep in mind that you will not be able to delete the full-screen application space when in Mission Control as the X button we mentioned in the first part of the article does not appear. After you have created enough spaces to manage your work, you should know that there are several convenient methods for switching between these spaces. You’re able to use Mission Control and once you open it you can choose the space that you want to use. By using your Mac’s keyboard, you have the possibility to press & hold the Control button and after that tap the left or right arrow keys. For those that have a trackpad, we suggest swiping left/right with three fingers. For both methods, we recommend opening up Mission Control and arranging the spaces in a suitable order. Remember that these switching methods are moving through the available spaces in a linear way so you won’t be able to jump from Desktop 2 to Desktop 5.

We should also mention that in Mission Control you are able to move those apps that are not full screen between the spaces. To do this you have to select the space with the application and after that in Expose choose the app window. Next, all you have to do is drag the window wherever you want. If you are not using Mission Control, you are able to move an app or a window to the previous or next space by clicking & dragging the application window to the screen’s left or right edge. There’s also another method for switching between the available spaces. You have to open the application in the Dock or you can press Command-Tab and after that choose the app. You will be essentially switching to the application itself, but if you have set up the application in a certain space, the computer is going to switch to that place, with a few exceptions.