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louiexiv Level 1 (0 points)

Someone posted a screen shot of Mission Control with each Desktop along the top showing a name underneath.  How does one assign a unique name to each Desktop, like Mail, Safari, Terminal, etc.?  How does one show the names in Mission Control?


Mac OS X (10.7), iMacs, MacBook, and iPhone 4
  • leroydouglas Level 6 (17,812 points)

    You can customize a photo with a name added and assign a different background photo to each new desktop.

     

    Lion allows you to set a different desktop picture in each space.

     

    All you need to do is open System Preferences in the first space whose desktop you want to change, open Desktop & Screen Saver, and select a picture.

     

    Then enter Mission Control, drag System Preferences to another space, and go to it. Change the desktop picture here, and you'll find it only affects the current space. And these changes are maintained between restarts, even if you choose not to reopen windows when logging back in.

     

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  • louiexiv Level 1 (0 points)

    Are you saying that the name of the Desktop background will change the Desktop name?  And show the name under that Desktop in Mission Control?

  • leroydouglas Level 6 (17,812 points)

    I  don't see that happening.  Can you link your example.

  • louiexiv Level 1 (0 points)

    I want to assign a unique name to each Desktop in Mission Control, as shown in the screencapture at https://discussions.apple.com/message/15722789#15722789

  • AMMOCAN Level 1 (140 points)

    Mission Control spaces are named either Desktop, Desktop 2, Desltop 3, etc., or they are named for the full-screen app that “IS” the space. So those spaces named 'Mail', 'Safari', 'Terminal', etc. are simply those apps running in full-screen mode in that desktop.

     

    There was a program called 'Hyperspaces' that allowed you to change the name of spaces in SL, but it isn't updated for Lion yet.

  • louiexiv Level 1 (0 points)

    AMMOCAN wrote: So those spaces named 'Mail', 'Safari', 'Terminal', etc. are simply those apps running in full-screen mode in that desktop.

    Okay, that explains it.  Thanks.

  • leroydouglas Level 6 (17,812 points)

    Those are not custom names, but full screen.. The far right could be a google search?

  • AMMOCAN Level 1 (140 points)

    You are so very welcome. Keep an eye on Hyperspaces or an eye out for a program like it to be released, as that will most likely happen, which will give you the ability to change the name.

  • Nathan74 Level 1 (0 points)

    Got the same problem. I really hope that in one of the next Lion updates this isssue will be solved....

  • Wilfredo Nanita Level 2 (300 points)

    Hyperspaces won't be updated, the project ended with Snow Leopard. Too bad.

    AMMOCAN wrote:

     

    Keep an eye on Hyperspaces or an eye out for a program like it to be released, as that will most likely happen, which will give you the ability to change the name.

  • AMMOCAN Level 1 (140 points)

    Well, I am sure it won't be too long before someone with time on their hands will figure out a work around or a mod of sorts, that will emulate 'Hyperspaces'.

  • 3 Point Level 1 (15 points)

    I certainly hope that Apple will add the ability to name spaces and also the ability to drag and drop the order of the spaces and also to assign what programs are assigned to them. Mission Control can be made to be a flexible tool. It just seems it was not looked at as much from a user's day to day perspective. As it is now it will demo well at the Apple Store or Best Buy but when one roles up their sleaves to actually get day to day functionality there is quit a bit lacking.

  • CT Level 6 (17,545 points)

    I don't know about you, but in 10.7.2 I can reorder spaces (desktops) and I can assign programs to spaces.

     

    charlie

  • Chris from California Level 1 (0 points)

    I would really love to have the ability to name spaces for their purpose, rather than whatever fullscreen application happens to be in a particular desktop.  I work in multiple applications and organize my desktops by their function/task, not by application.  For instance, I typically keep Mail, Address, iCal, and other generally used apps in Desktop 1, and use other desktops for other job tasks like recruiting, proposals, training, etc.  Apple's decision that users should organize by applicaion strikes me as (shudder) Microsoft-like, a programmer's ideal that doesn't take into account how people actually work.  If anybody from Apple is listening, I'd sure also like the little scroll arrows back, and it would be nice to have Dashboard show over the current Desktop like it did in Snow Leopard. Some features in Lion, Apple went overboard on the "clean screen idea, and took away a lot of things that helped my efficiency. Thinking about going back to Snow Leopard pending a fix on this "Beta" Lion.

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