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Today my reader Dominic wrote to me because he has a special problem with the "Spaces" function, which is particularly annoying under macOS Catalina. Here is his mail:
Hello, is it possible to deactivate the "Spaces" function (desks)?
As soon as I go to full screen for example a memory card with images open, and open an image, it basically opens it on a new desktop, and I have to swipe back over to my SD card (to the last space) to see the files on the memory card.
That annoys me a bit, is there a solution? Thanks in advance for taking your time.
Kind regards, Dominic
Unfortunately, what I only found out in conversation with Dominic is the "way" in which macOS reacts to the green fullscreen button. In the past, macOS simply maximized the current window, but currently the window is opened in its own "Space", in which there is no longer a Finder menu to be seen.
You can switch between the spaces with ALT and arrow left and arrow right.
If you want to have the "old" way to get a window back in full screen mode, just hold down the ALT key while clicking the green button. Now the window is enlarged without ending up in its own space.
I confess that I practically neither work with Mission Control nor with Spaces, but you should have heard of the feature anyway. Many Mac users report that the ability to run each program on its own "desk" and then to jump back and forth with a swipe should be very practical. However, the feature has not yet found a place in my daily work.
Anyway, there's an easy way to turn off the Spaces feature on macOS. As the title suggests, this leads through the system settings and there via the "Mission Control" button. There are four points that can be ticked and as far as I can see, you should uncheck all of them so that the Mac no longer uses different Spaces.
The Spaces function is classified under Mission Control in the macOS settings. If you haven't heard of Mission Control, you can activate this function in the Finder by pressing the F3 key. All active programs with their program windows are then shown on the screen in a small overview. This is helpful when you have a lot of overlapping windows and you have lost the overview.
If you also have a question about macOS, iOS or Apple devices, please leave it to me as a comment or email here. I will be happy to answer them for you!
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.