I postponed getting OSX Lion for as long as I possibly could. Now that I have it, I'm having lots of difficulties getting it to perform how I want.

On Snow Leopard my typical setup for working was 4 spaces. I'd keep a Windows VM open on Space #4 full-screened, a Linux open on space #3, and I'd do other stuff on spaces #1 and #2. My keyboard shortcut allowed me to switch between my Windows work (Command + 4) to my Linux work (Command + 3) very quickly, and without the need for my hands to leave the keyboard (or effectively to even quit typing). Productivity was good.

I see that on Lion a full-screened VM (and yes, they need to be full screened, Fusion's Unity won't cut it for what I need to do) is its own separate Desktop. I have set up 4 desktops and made my keyboard shortcuts to move between them Command + # just as before. But how do I get my full-screened VM to be one of those already existing desktops? Or, rather, how do I make a short-cut for the full-screened app?

  • So to clarify, you don't like the dynamic allocation and reordering of desktops whenever you move an app to full screen or switch between them using Cmd-Tab, and want one shortcut to always mean "the Linux desktop" instead of "screen 4"? – Daniel Beck May 11 '12 at 9:45
  • Yes, exactly. I want one shortcut to always mean "the Linux desktop" instead of "go to dashboard and click the Linux desktop" or "cycle through the desktops and locate the one that's the Linux desktop". – omghai2u May 11 '12 at 15:45
  • Spaces does not exist for AppleScript (for example, tell application "System Events" to tell process "Mail" to windows should list open Mail windows — the full screen space does not count!). TotalSpaces also ignores full screen application spaces. I'm afraid you're out of luck. – Daniel Beck May 11 '12 at 16:00
  • Does your VM software have an option to use a custom (or the old) full screen implementation? – Lri May 11 '12 at 17:31
  • @DanielBeck seems that this is another consequence of Apple's "just works" technology. – omghai2u May 11 '12 at 20:02

Sorry, there is no shortcut to go directly to a full screen app. Someone on this question on AskDifferent suggested Keyboard Maestro, but I would just use a Quicksilver trigger.

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