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I recently upgraded to Mountain Lion and all of a sudden my key bindings for Sublime Text 2 multi-selection editing are no longer working. Specifically, I had key bindings set up for Ctrl+Shift+Up/Down arrow.

Now Mission Control has taken over that key binding. How can I remove the Shift key augmentation (that causes the transition to be slower) for the shortcut?

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You can disable the keyboard shortcuts for slow-motion effects by following these instructions:

  1. Open Terminal.

  2. Open the plist file in your user's library preferences folder that contains the setting by typing open ~/Library/Preferences/ and hit return.

  3. A window similar to this will open in Xcode:

XCode PList Editor

  1. For items 34, 35, and 37, set enabled to NO.

  2. Close the file, click Save if prompted, and restart your system.

  3. Enjoy.

This process works with Yosemite and El Capitan as well.

Note: 34 and 35 may not be present in the plist if you have never opened the Mission Control preferences pane and changed the "Mission Control" or "Application windows" settings. If 37 isn't present either, simply add it yourself.


  1. MacWorld
  2. In Translation
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Odd. I only have 18 entries in that and keys 34, 35 and 37 are not among them. – Damon Feb 18 '14 at 18:41
Awesome! Works on Yosemite too :) – madzohan Oct 17 '15 at 20:35
I had to be explicit about opening in xcode: open -a "Xcode" ~/Library/Preferences/ – Sam Eaton May 24 at 23:03

You can disable the Ctrl+Up/Down shortcuts for Mission Control in the Keyboard preference pane. Just untick both "Mission Control" and "Application windows". This will also prevent the Ctrl+Shift+Up/Down key bindings, where the Shift key acts as a modifier to slow down the animation, as you have noticed.

screenshot of Keyboard settings

Disabling these shortcuts will allow you to use it again in Sublime Text 2 or other applications.

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Yeah but I actually like having the Ctrl + Up/Down arrow shortcuts. I JUST want to disable the Shift key portion of the key combination. – Lester Peabody Oct 5 '12 at 19:05
@LesterPeabody I'm afraid you cannot only disable the shift portion of these keybindings. – Gerry Oct 5 '12 at 19:06
I see. Well, that's just totally awesome. – Lester Peabody Oct 5 '12 at 19:17

I am using Mavericks and opened the file in TextWrangler. Do not be shocked, it's in XML format.

Find the items 34,35 and 37 (check out Behrang's post) and change the appropriate tag to false (this is the same as changing enabled to NO ). Like so


Now you can happily use the key combination with Shift and rearrange your bullets and paragraphs without starting the slow expose animation.

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Have some rep :) Thanks for the follow up. – Lester Peabody Jan 10 '14 at 20:14
+1 for suggesting TextWrangler, thanks! – A.Wan Sep 8 '15 at 21:31

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