The ability to use multiple desktops in the operating system allows you to significantly increase your working space, initially strongly limited by the boundaries of your monitor. At the same time, full-sized monitors, equal in their characteristics and parameters to what is really on your table, are at your disposal.

In total, you can use up to fifteen additional Desktops in your work – just imagine that you have sixteen independent monitors on your desk. And you only pay for one of these monitors – the one that is on your desk – the other monitors are virtual and do not cost you a penny!

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Of course, you can use only one Desktop at the same time, the rest at this time will not be visible to the user, in fact, they exist only in the memory of your computer.

In reality, this restriction is not as terrible as it may seem at first glance: just ask yourself, right?

Do you really need the simultaneous display of more than one Desktop? After all, you still can not simultaneously look at multiple monitors.

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Each Desktop is completely independent and complete: on each Desktop you will be able to open and move windows, launch various applications.

It is especially convenient to use several Desktops, if you predetermine any particular tasks for each of them. For example, you can use the following scheme:

  • First Desktop you use as your main workspace;
  • Second Desktop can be used to browse the Internet. Here you can have Safari and other programs you need open. Thanks to macOS support for full-screen application modes, you can always keep Safari browser unrolled to full screen;
  • Third Desktop can be used as an audio player. Expand iTunes to full screen. Now all your music libraries will be perfectly visible;
  • Fourth Desktop can be used for working with mail. Open your favorite email client here, for example, Mail;
  • Fifth Desktop can be fully dedicated to your work programs. For example, if you are a designer, Adobe Photoshop can be opened here.


You can navigate between different desktops using the mouse by clicking on the thumbnail of the desired desktop in the upper part of the Mission Control application window or use Trackpad gestures. At the same time, the Mission Control application will be closed, and the selected Desktop will immediately appear to the user.

The previously described mechanism for switching between Desktops is not always convenient — sometimes users just need to see what is happening on a particular Desktop without leaving the Mission Control application window.

In this case, you can use the keyboard shortcuts “Ctrl” + “←” and “Ctrl” + “→”. In this case, cyclic switching between the desktops of the system will occur, and their contents will immediately be displayed in the lower part of the Mission Control application window.

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It is also worth noting that if you use more than one monitor at the same time, a separate version of the Mission Control application is created for each monitor. Each version of the Mission Control application can create its own additional Desktops. So two monitors allow you to create thirty-two desktops on one computer.

Different versions of Mission Control are completely independent. You cannot move windows from one monitor to another.

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Hi there! My Name is Vincent Lago! My goal is to share insightful reviews, guides, and manuals for people looking to know more about current solutions for Apple hardware and OS. I have years of technological background knowledge including owning a custom iMacs & PCs which was using for different types of business. And now, I want to share my experience with you.

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