How to Permanently Show Applications in Stage Manager in macOS 13 Ventura on Mac

By default, Stage Manager automatically hides the recent applications or thumbnails. Though you can easily unhide the thumbnails by moving your pointer to the left edge of the screen, it does not always feel intuitive. Especially when I’m working with multiple apps and have to go back and forth, I prefer to keep the thumbnails on the screen for smoother navigation. If you are also like me, you may want to permanently show applications in Stage Manager in macOS 13 Ventura on Mac. Let me show you how it’s done the right way:

Permanently Show Applications in Stage Manager in macOS 13 Ventura on Mac

Wondering how you can customize Stage Manager on macOS? Well, macOS Ventura comes with a Stage Manager setting to let you fine-tune the apps and windows organizer. Hence, you can make the needed changes to it without any hassle. It’s worth pointing out that we have created a detailed guide about the 15 best tips and tricks to use Stage Manager on Mac like a pro. So, if you wish to dive deep into this windows organizer, make sure to catch up with that guide.

Step 1. To get going, open the System Settings app on your Mac. Alternatively, just click on the Apple menu located at the top left corner of the screen and choose System Settings.

Step 2. Now, scroll down a bit and click Desktop & Dock.

Step 3. Head over to the Stage Manager section and then make sure that the toggle next to it is turned on.

Step 4. Next, click on Customize.

Click on Customize

Step 5. Next up, turn on the toggle for Recent applications.

Step 6. In the end, make sure to click on Done to confirm the change and you are good to go!

Show recent apps in Stage Manager on Mac

Wrapping up…

Going forward, the thumbnails will not hide when you are using Stage Manager on your Mac. Thus, you will no longer need to move the pointer toward the edge of the screen to bring them up. Of course, if you ever wish to revert the change, go back to the same setting and then turn off the toggle for Desktop items.

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