Stop Desktops Automatically Switching Places in Mac OS

Automatically rearrange spaces

For the longest time, I have very quietly been irritated by my desktops (spaces) being rearranged automatically.

My workflow usually involves using at least 3 desktops, one each for:
– Chrome and Terminal
– IDE of choice ( PhpStorm for now )
– Spotify

When these desktops periodically reordered themselves it was quite annoying since I would then be guessing which order the desktops were in, which complicates using keyboard shortcuts to switch between desktops.

Turns out that there’s an easy fix.

If you go to System Preferences > Mission Control, you can uncheck the box that says
“Automatically rearrange Spaces based on most recent use.”

Here’s a screenshot:

Automatically rearrange spaces

4 responses to “Stop Desktops Automatically Switching Places in Mac OS”


  2. Thanks, it has been driving me crazy..

  3. This doesn’t seem to work for me.

  4. I have everything in Mission Control disabled but still my iMac keeps switching desktops. Is there anything else I can do?

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