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When you have several desktops open, each program in a different one, let's say Firefox in Desk 1 and Finder in Desk 5. When you open a file in Finder that opens in Firefox, it moves desk 5 all the way over to desk two, shifting everything backwards.

How to you keep this in place so that opening files will open in their programs like normla, but never shift the desktops out of order?

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I hope I got your question right... You can prevent desktops from rearranging in System Preferences.

Open the Mission Control preference pane:

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and unselect option "Automatically rearrange spaces based on most recent use":

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The other options provide further customization.

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This appears to do the trick. I very much appreciate your help. –  RKS Nov 14 '12 at 2:22
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