How Can I Open Programs in the Background?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Tom Foolery, Jul 10, 2010.

  1. Tom Foolery macrumors regular

    Oct 16, 2007
    Toronto, Canada
    This has been buging me for a while and I've finally decided to attempt to fix it.

    I have spaces enabled and most apps are set to a specific screen (iTunes in 2, Mail in 3, etc.) but when I'm in space 1 and I want to open itunes, I click the icon and it pulls me into space 2, as opposed to leaving me in space 1.

    Is there any way to set the apps to just open in the background without becoming the active app, thus pulling me into a different screen.
  2. SHADO macrumors 6502a


    Aug 14, 2008
    You could set them to start as login items, and then check the 'hide' box. This would open them in the background but keep them hidden on the Dock. When you want to open them, just click on the icon. If you want them in different spaces, you can just go to a space and click on the dock icon and they will open in that space.

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