OS X Lion: How to Bind an App to a Space

Posted July 22, 2011 by Rob Rogers in Apple Mac

By using Mission Control and gestures you can easily navigate between spaces and by binding apps to spaces, you can use these gestures to switch between open apps.

1. Go to the desired space by using the three-fingered swipe to the left or right on your trackpad or by going to Mission Control and selecting the space.

2. Click and hold on the desired application in the Dock until the contextual menu appears.

3. Mouseover Options. Under Assign To, select This Desktop. If you want the application to be available on all spaces then select All Desktops.


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  • Sean Blake

    I just started using spaces in Snow Leopard, and have been trying to figure this one out since I upgraded to Lion.  Thanks!

  • Nick Hall

    Hmm, this doesn’t seem to work if I make the app full screen. Even if I open iTunes on space 2 and set this, if I click full screen it moves onto a new space created after my last one.

    It can’t be that hard to set iTunes as full screen on space 2 can it?

    • Full screen apps get their own “space” so there is no need to assign them one.  If you already have a space 2 created, it should still be available as well as your desktop.  The full screen iTunes should be on a third screen.