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10.5: Retain positions when moving windows in Spaces Desktop
Today I noticed that you can force Spaces to move windows to another Space while retaining their relative position on the screen. To do so, open the Spaces overview (F8 by default), and hold the Command key while dragging a window to another Space.

I found this by accident and don't think it's that useful, but perhaps you will...

[robg adds: This was mentioned in a comment to this hint, but I thought it worth sharing as a real hint. In testing it, the behavior varies between programs with one window (iCal) and those with many windows (iChat, Safari, whatever). If a program has but one window, then Command (or Shift or Control) will move it while retaining its location. If a program has multiple windows, any of those keys will move all of that program's windows while retaining their positions. I couldn't, in fact, find a way to move all windows of a program to another Space without retaining their positions -- I had to manually move them within the new Space (again, while holding any of those keys so that all windows moved) to change their position.]
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10.5: Retain positions when moving windows in Spaces
Authored by: MJCube on Apr 17, '09 07:49:42AM
Interestingly, while this Command-drag moves all existing windows of an app as a group, it doesn't change an app's assigned Space, so new windows will still appear in the app's assigned Space (or the current space if no assignment).

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10.5: Retain positions when moving windows in Spaces
Authored by: Gex2501 on Apr 17, '09 09:25:58PM

The shift key also has this behavior, not sure if there is something subtly different about it. I've been using shift for a while now.



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10.5: Retain positions when moving windows in Spaces
Authored by: crisss1205 on Apr 17, '09 09:56:54AM

Come on people, watch the guided tour. This was features in the guided tour released over a year and a half ago!!! (October 2007)



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10.5: Retain positions when moving windows in Spaces
Authored by: wfolta on Apr 17, '09 01:46:05PM

You don't need to hold any key down to move a window to another space in the same onscreen location. Just click-n-hold on the window and use the keyboard shortcut to move to the other Space. Not sure what the CMD key has to do with anything. (Except perhaps it allows you to move a background window without selecting it, which doesn't seem to be an advantage here.)



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10.5: Retain positions when moving windows in Spaces
Authored by: VesperDEM on Apr 17, '09 02:35:08PM
Did you actually read the hint? Holding down the command key allows you to move a window to a new space keeping it in the same location on the screen as it was in the prior space. This is quite helpful if you want to move your Xcode windows to a different space without having to position them all over again.

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10.5: Retain positions when moving windows in Spaces
Authored by: Lou Kash on Apr 17, '09 05:00:51PM

Wfolta is right: click and hold the window top bar, press your Switch Spaces keyboard shortcut and the window you're "holding" will move with you.



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10.5: Retain positions when moving windows in Spaces
Authored by: Michelasso on Apr 20, '09 05:08:13AM

Hey! This is even better. And faster. Little hints but useful indeed.



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10.5: Retain positions when moving windows in Spaces
Authored by: arcticmac on Apr 17, '09 02:46:16PM

I often find the command-drag not to actually do what I want, because it *does* move all the application's windows. If you think about it, that's what it's doing even with single window apps, it's just that there happens to be only one.

However, I often want to move a window of an app that has multiple windows open, preserving its location, and without moving any others. What I've found works is if you enter spaces, then enter the "all windows" mode of expose. Dragging windows around in this mode does not give them a new position on the new space, so when you exit expose, the windows will be in the same position, just in a new space.



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10.5: Retain positions when moving windows in Spaces
Authored by: guns on Apr 20, '09 12:47:32AM

Yes, I do this all the time. It's sure to work too, as opposed to using Command; I have found that the vertical positioning of windows is sometimes not preserved when using this hint



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10.5: Retain positions when moving windows in Spaces
Authored by: djfreak on Apr 19, '09 02:42:12AM

This is a brilliant hint and just saved me a huge headache. Time Machine grrrr. DiskWarrior to the rescue again indeed.



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10.5: Retain positions when moving windows in Spaces
Authored by: gboudrea on Sep 07, '09 11:40:25PM

I also found that moving a window between spaces with Exposť active (triggered before or after Spaces) will retain the window position on screen.
Since I use a hot-corner for Exposť, this allows me to move windows, and maintain their relative position, using the mouse only.



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