How to disable Mission Control and Spaces in OS X

How to Disable Mission Control and Spaces in OS X.

Following on from my previous blog ‘Prevent OS X help windows from hogging your screen’, here’s another defaults write configuring tip, this time it’s all about disabling Mission Control.

When disabling Mission Control, it also disables the Spaces feature – providing that you close all of your spaces prior to disabling Mission Control.

To disable Mission Control in OS X, open the Terminal Application from /Applications/Utilities and enter the following command:

defaults write com.apple.dock mcx-expose-disabled -bool TRUE && killall Dock

There you go! The F3 key, the Mission Control Application or the 4-finger up gesture on a Multi-touch or Magic Trackpad no longer function and Mission Control cannot be opened!

If you do want to revert back to the default setting and enable Mission Control again, just enter the following command:

defaults delete com.apple.dock mcx-expose-disabled && killall Dock

Disclaimer:

While the author has taken care to provide our readers with accurate information, please use your discretion before acting upon information based on the blog post. Amsys will not compensate you in any way whatsoever if you ever happen to suffer a loss/inconvenience/damage because of/while making use of information in this blog.

This feature has been tested using OS X v10.8.3 which was the latest Mac OS release at the time of writing and also using the latest Internal and external Apple keyboards.

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