I used to have Spaces enabled on my old Mac system and loved it. A different virtual screen for different apps. On Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, however, I can’t figure out how to enable it and get Spaces working again and it’s driving me crazy. Help!
I know just what you’re talking about because I had the same issue with my new MacBook Pro when I got it and powered up. In fact, I sat with my old computer and compared System Preference panes and still couldn’t remember how to enable “Spaces”. Worse, if I went into System Preferences and searched for Spaces, it’d suggest Mission Control, mouse and Trackpad. That’s right, Mission Control used to be called “Mission Control & Spaces”. But now it’s not.
In fact, going to Mission Control and there’s nothing to do with Spaces there, which is more than a bit confusing.
Turns out that it’s a lot more tricky and subtle to enable Spaces than something as simple as going to a System Preference. I mean, really. Search for “Spaces” and here’s what you see:
Logically, open that up and there’s no trace of anything Spaces-related:
Confusing? Oh yeah.
Instead, what you need to do is actually go into Mission Control itself, which is usually accomplished with a four-finger-up swipe of your trackpad or a hot corner on your computer. Once you’re there, it’ll look like this:
There’s still no obvious way to enable Spaces, but the secret is to move your cursor to the top right of the Mission Control view, which will cause a “+” to magically appear:
That’s obvious, right? Well, click on it and the first time you’ve just enabled Spaces.
The second time you’ve added another Space, and on and on, as many as you prefer. Me? I run with five Spaces and find it tremendously useful.