Get the old Spaces back

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Mac-user12345, Mar 15, 2013.

  1. Mac-user12345 macrumors newbie

    Mar 15, 2013
    Hey everyone,

    I have OSX Lion on my Mac and I hate the way the "Spaces" are. Is there a way to get the old Spaces back like in Snow leopard?:confused:

    Thanks allot
  2. stiligFox macrumors 65816


    Apr 24, 2009
    Unfortunately there is no way to get back the Snow Leopard style spaces in 10.7/10.8. There may be a third party application that will tweak it for you, but I am not aware of any.
  3. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    What particularly don't you like, and how do you want it to behave?

    You will find many webpages devoted to ways of making Lion and Mountain Lion like previous OS versions, and removing the features and interface changes they contain.
  4. Giuly macrumors 68040


    Go to Mission Control, hold down Option and look into the top-right corner.
  5. ayurmedia macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2013

    Are you living under a rock ;)

    Since quite a while there is TotalSpaces which tries to emulate Spaces of 10.6, not perfect but quite usable.

  6. stiligFox macrumors 65816


    Apr 24, 2009
    I guess I have been lol
  7. *Batman* Suspended


    Oct 2, 2012
    Gotham City
    I really miss the way spaces worked in Leopard and Snow Leopard. I feel it was a step backwards when Mission Control took over for it. I've used Total Spaces before, but didn't like it quite as well as the native Spaces on OS X.
  8. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    What do you miss about the "old" Spaces?

    You do know that you can assign Applications to particular Spaces in 10.7 and 10.8?
  9. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Spaces is a grid, Mission Control is just a line. It gets complicated to properly use it with more than 4 Desktops.

    Imagine going from Spaces in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, looking like this
    to Mission Control in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, looking like this
    Of course, not everyone uses that many Spaces, but Mission Control seriously hampers the usefulness of more than four virtual desktops.
  10. WSR macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2011
    Spaces is the main reason i'm staying with SL (I also don't like ML's Full-Screen mode with multiple monitors).

    I use 9 Spaces with 2 monitors. That way I:
    1) rarely have to minimize windows to see other windows,
    2) separate tasks,
    3) can easily go to a clean space to access the desktop, and
    4) when mixed with Expose can easily see all windows at once.
  11. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    I never minimize windows. If I want to see another one, I use Application Spaces, Mission Control, or I'll Command-tab or Command `.

    You can show the Desktop with an F-key press. (Though it's not advisable to have lots of files on the Desktop.)

    If you de-select the option to gather all windows of an application, then you can see all windows in Mission Control.

    The interface may have changed, but I'm not sure that there's any loss of function. Different key presses, different names, maybe. But as far as I can tell, the only feature that's gone is having Space in a 2-D grid.
  12. robertcoogan macrumors 6502


    Apr 5, 2008
    Joshua Tree, California
    Good solution!

    Download and try out TotalSpaces. It restores the old SL Spaces, (or at least very close to it.

    It is such a shame that Apple keeps stripping out useful features. It really makes me sad to see the company that I grew up with (I've never used anything but Macs) slowly spiral down into bland sameness. Apple seems incapable of seeing that the old functionality operated in conjunction with design, not exclusive of it. Yay, Jony.


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