I have multiple spaces setup and can navigate them via ctrl and the arrow keys left and right on the current active monitor.

Now I want to change to a space that sits on the other monitor.

How do I switch there? I am looking for a keyboard only solution.

  • My solution for this was to disable "Displays have separate Spaces" under Mission Control in System . Not an ideal solution, by a long shot, but it is better than reaching for the mouse. Mar 21, 2016 at 17:41
  • @JedDaniels Why did you post it as a comment and not as an answer?
    – k0pernikus
    Mar 21, 2016 at 17:53
  • I don't think it is an answer, just a barely functional workaround. I suppose I can put it as an answer if you'd like. I'm still looking for the right AppleScript to do this (which you can then trigger as a keyboard shortcut from the tool of your choice; I use QuickSilver), but I haven't found it yet (I'm no AppleScript junkie). Mar 21, 2016 at 18:33

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Here's a shell one-liner that will do what you ask:

cliclick -r m:=-50,300 w:50 kd:ctrl kp:arrow-left ku:ctrl w:50
  • cliclick is a tool to move the mouse and is unfortunately necessary for this
  • -r: When done, move the mouse back to where it was when it started
  • m:=-50,300: move the mouse to the coordinates (-50, 300). The = is to actually do negative x values (for another monitor) rather than relative
  • w:50: wait 50 milliseconds
  • kd:ctrl: Press control key
  • kp:arrow-left: Press and release the left arrow
  • ku:ctrl: Release control key
  • w:50: wait 50 milliseconds

(0,0) is the upper left corner of the primary monitor.

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