Back in the olden days of OS X Snow Leopard I was a big fan of Spaces – those virtual desktop sort of places for apps. So I could have Mail in a space of its own, and Chrome, and Parallels Desktop, and Evernote, and OmniFocus – you get the idea. I generally had 7 […]
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Does the ‘This Desktop’ Setting for Apps in OS X Lion Work for Anyone?

OS X Spaces This Desktop

Back in the olden days of OS X Snow Leopard I was a big fan of Spaces – those virtual desktop sort of places for apps. So I could have Mail in a space of its own, and Chrome, and Parallels Desktop, and Evernote, and OmniFocus – you get the idea.

I generally had 7 or 8 spaces in use on my MacBook Pro. One very cool thing with Spaces was that I could assign apps to always occupy one particular space, and they would – so Mail was always in Space 1, Chrome in Space 2, OmniFocus in Space 3 and so on.

Then along came OS X Lion and Spaces are now referred to as Desktops. Fine, the new name is a more direct indication of what they are. One undesirable change that I’ve found with how Spaces / Desktops work in Lion is that though the option to assign an app to a specific desktop is still around (via a right-click on the app’s icon in the Dock > Options > This Desktop) it works very erratically now.

In Snow Leopard I had all 7-8 desktops occupied with apps that were assigned to one space – and they all stayed there nicely and kept their places after reboots and all that jazz.

In Lion, a few of the app assignments ‘stick’ but several don’t. Parallels Desktop, iTunes, iA Writer and others seems to float to whatever desktop they feel like once they’ve been quit and re-opened.

I know this is very much (yuck, dreaded phrase) a first world problem and maybe even a lame-o sort of first world problem – but I find it frustrating as it means frequently having to re-arrange apps where I want them.

Is anyone else seeing this issue? Does anyone else care at all about this issue?

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