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Is there any way to change the name of a space on Lion? I'm sure that it's not possible to change the name of a space being taken up by a full screen app, but is it possible to change the name of the "Desktop #" spaces?

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This is a feature of Hyperspaces, don't know if it's 10.7 compatible though. – Daniel Beck Jul 21 '11 at 18:12
@Daniel - Hyperspaces definitely not compatible at present; on my machine it persistently changed the focus of any window or input field you were in, thus prevented you from entering anything. The only solution was to remove it. – purpletonic Jul 26 '11 at 14:54
A simple trick to make each separate desktop stand out would be to change the background image on each. e.g.: a fancy beach picture for your 'relax' desktop, solid blue for 'work' etc. – Fabien Snauwaert Sep 17 '14 at 16:31
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Not really. However if you have a space occupied by a full screen application the name of the space will change to the name of that application

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Based on iconoclast's idea, you could create a sticky note for each desktop and place it in the lower left of the bottom of each desktop. it has the benefit of not requiring you to alter background images and allows you to still have a new background image every 30 minutes or so.

But I agree, this is sorely missing from Mac OS X. Linux has had this for how many years now?

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but is this visible and readable when you are looking at all the spaces (as thumbnails)? I'm pretty certain it's not, so (IMO) that mostly defeats the purpose. The time you need to see the names the most is when you're looking at an overview. If you're on the space itself you can normally easily determine what the purpose of that space is. – iconoclast Mar 14 '14 at 14:05
I agree that it's not an ideal solution, but when the note is at a 72pt font or higher like mine are, it is readable even as an overview/thumbnail. – Joseph Cheek Mar 15 '14 at 1:38
I use a TextEdit window with a very large font. Works well enough. I can option+click on any space in the row of them to switch to it and the layout allows me to read it even if it is obscured in the thumbnail view. – David K. Hess Oct 21 '14 at 15:14

There IS, actually, a way to name your spaces. SORT OF.

That is, you can't change the name that appears under them when you use Mission Control (which I will go on record saying is one of Apple's biggest mistakes--Spaces was a million times better, even though it too was crippled in some respects), but you can assign names to them and make it easier to tell them apart.

The trick is that you can assign different desktop images to each 'space' (now called a Desktop). This will help make them easier to tell apart. As far as naming, this will be a huge pain, and definitely not ideal. But a kludgey solution is all Apple leaves open to us. You have to put the name on the image. Yup, open an image editor and add some text on top of those lily pads, or that lion's head, or whatever.

Yes, that sucks if you'd like to regularly name and rename your spaces. But if you have a few that you use most of the time, you can create a few desktop images with the names on them, and just live with it. I wish I could give a better solution, but it's out of my control obviously. This is, unless someone discovers an as yet hidden setting somewhere in OS X, or until Apple realizes their mistake and fixes Mission Control, the best we can do.

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The commercial TotalSpaces by binaryage allows you to name spaces. Its other features include a grid alignment of spaces and app assignments, similar to Snow Leopard.

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I don't like the idea of having to pay for this feature, but it looks like it's good software and for those who are willing to pay it's a great solution. – Nate Mar 13 '14 at 14:55
Somehow TotalSpaces has a way of doing it. There must be a way to do it with a script. – Mark Stewart Apr 3 '14 at 23:47

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