Switch Desktop Space Like A Pro [OS X Tips]

Switch Desktop Space Like A Pro [OS X Tips]

Did you know you can move a window from one space to another by dragging and dropping it to the edge of the screen? If so you’ll know there’s a delay before the space will switch to the new one, but a simple tweak can speed that up. Read on for more info.


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If you use more than one desktop space, you might already know that if you click and drag program windows to the far right (or left) side of a screen, you can ‘nudge’ the window into the next desktop space. To do this, drag the window so that the mouse cursor cannot move any further against the screen edge.

There’s a one- or two-second delay before OS X switches to the neighboring desktop space, and you can speed this up using a hidden setting, as follows:

defaults write com.apple.dock workspaces-edge-delay -float 0;killall Dock

The desktop space will now change as soon as you touch the edge of the screen. I find this useful, but if you’d like a split-second delay before the desktop space switches, try the following:

defaults write com.apple.dock workspaces-edge-delay -float 0.15;killall Dock

To revert to the default second or two delay at a later date, open a Terminal window and type the following:

defaults delete com.apple.dock workspaces-edge-delay;killall Dock

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