Mission Control: Major Feature Taken Away (Dual Screen)

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by theBigD23, Jul 29, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 13, 2008
    I have two monitors each with 2 desktops. In Lion, I was able to take, for example, an item from Desktop 2 of Monitor 2 and put it in Desktop 1 of Monitor 1. In ML, it's not possible to move from the desktop of one monitor to the other monitor. I tested this on a bootable Lion and it worked. I also tried with my MBA connecting it to my monitor and in that instance, it wouldn't work either. Lastly, I also did test with a new user.

    Anyone else notice this issue?
  2. macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    Are you talking about moving windows between screens while in MC? If so, I was never able to do that in Lion either and still can't with ML
  3. macrumors 65816

    Feb 18, 2009
    New Yawk
    This. It was never possible in Lion to move an app window from one physical display to another in Mission Control (at least not without a third-part app like TotalSpaces). I actually asked about this in the All the Little Things thread, but no one responded.

    One of my biggest gripes about Lion (and now ML) compared to Snow Leopard is the inability to drag app windows from one physical display to another whilst in MC view. :mad:
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2008
    I think Apple has some work to do regarding working with multiple displays. Or I least hope a software developer provides a software package to actually improve productivity working with dual displays on a Mac...
  5. macrumors 68030

    Jul 13, 2008
    Definitely look into TotalSpaces; it lets you drag a window anywhere you like, the Mac way ;)
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    thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 13, 2008
    I don't mean the actual screens, but the Desktops.

    In the screenshot, I show going from Monitor 1 to Monitor 2s Desktop page. I was able to do this in Lion. I booted to my bootable backup clone and it worked perfectly. I also tried with another laptop not yet upgraded to ML.

  7. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 13, 2008
    No one used the feature of moving windows between Desktops in MC?
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 10, 2012
    New York
    I just move them to same monitor, different desktop, then when I click to that space, just drag it over to the other monitor.
  9. macrumors 68030

    Krazy Bill

    Dec 21, 2011
    Yes, but I'm on Snow Leopard. :D

    Kidding aside, I boot into ML every now and then for a chuckle. I'll give the dual monitors a try when I get to a desk.
  10. macrumors regular

    Dec 21, 2010
    If I'm understanding what you are talking about, it was never doable in Lion either, it was one of the big deficiencies of multi-monitor support.

    In Lion, which I'm running right now, you can't take a window from a desktop on screen 1 and move it to a desktop on screen 2. You have to make sure you are on the correct space on the other monitor and move the window to the other screen, it's a huge pain versus Snow Leopard.
  11. macrumors 68030

    Krazy Bill

    Dec 21, 2011
    Ok, just to test I tried moving from one desktop to another under ML, then under Lion. Sorry, no dice. There have been multi-monitor issues since Apple's implementation of "Full Screen" apps became some sort of holy grail (for some unknown reason).

    My workhorse OS will continue to be Snow Leopard.
  12. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 13, 2008
    Are you sure you're testing it correctly? It's not from one desktop to another desktop. It's from the main screen of one system to the desktop of another monitor. Can you please try that again? I can do this in Lion but not in ML. I'm sure of it. Thanks.
  13. macrumors 6502


    Mar 11, 2009
    Hm, in mission control I can't drag an app window (lets use terminal as an example) from the active desktop of monitor 1 to the desktop thumbnails on monitor 2 -- OS X 10.7.4 -- tried with option as well just in case...
  14. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 13, 2008
    So weird. Ironically, my second monitor needed to be repaired, so it's at the Apple store. Once I get it back, I'll boot into Lion and take a video of what I'm doing. Hopefully that will clear it up.

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