Spaces Question, External Monitor

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by ste6168, Aug 29, 2014.

  1. ste6168 macrumors newbie

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    Hey all.

    I have a MBAir connected to a 27" Samsung external monitor via thunderbolt to HDMI adapter at my desk. My question is, when I leave my desk to attend a meeting, or otherwise, I disconnect my monitor and anything open on the external monitor "desktop 2" gets moved to "desktop 1." I am looking for a way to have the external maintain it's space, and just shift to the laptop monitor. Then when I return to my desk, plug in the external, and boom, space moves back! Is this possible? I haven't been able to figure out a way to make this happen yet.

    Thanks!
     
  2. ste6168 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Been posted a few days, no one can help/offer suggestions?
     
  3. robgendreau macrumors 68030

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    You don't want stuff left hanging in a Space on a monitor that you can't see. Hence the move back.

    I do know that with my two-monitored Mac Pro, one monitor of which is actually an iMac, that if I toggle the iMac on and off the windows on it's monitor do what you want: they move back to the iMac when it becomes available again. But that may not work with a laptop. In any case, I'm using TotalSpaces.

    Do you have "Displays have separate Spaces" activated in Mission Control? Maybe that's why it works for me.
     
  4. ste6168 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No, that works. The windows move back to the external again. What I am looking to do is have the entire "space" move. When I unplug the monitor, space 2 merges with space one, and the applications that were on the external are now shown on the space one, merged with whatever else is on space 1. I then have to manually move it to another space, which takes time, and decreases efficiency.

    Seems like there would be a way or option to maintain the entire space... Maybe I am not explaining it well? I dont know...
     

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