I use Mission Control (on a Mavericks running MacBook Air) a lot, and I was looking for a solution to the following scenario:

I have three (or more spaces open), and I am on the space furthest to the right (the last) in my lineup of spaces. I want to get to my first space (the one furthest on the left). Currently, if I try to go right from this last space, nothing happens. Is there a way that if I swipe right from the "last space", I can go directly to the "first space", and vice-versa?

  • 2
    So you want to go around the back ?
    – Ruskes
    Jul 30, 2014 at 19:20
  • Yes, that's it. (I couldn't think of a word for what I was trying to say, but that's it)
    – user84892
    Jul 30, 2014 at 19:24

3 Answers 3


The only way I know to do this is to 3- or 4-finger swipe up for Mission Control (depending on your settings) or use the keyboard shortcut (on my MBP it shares a key with F3), and then select the space that you want.


Have you tried enabling keyboard shortcuts for directly accessing spaces by their number?


No, this won't enable the wrap-around functionality that you specifically asked about, but it will allow you to type +1 (control+1) to jump from space 3 to space 1.

You will need to press fn++1 if your Mac is set to use the function keys the default way.

  • Why use shortcuts when the mouse is so much more convenient. The question is - by swiping, let the swiping wrap around from last space back to first space. Not how to use shortcuts. Desktop space wrap-around is a convenient feature found in some multi-desktops apps in MICROSOFT WINDOWS. Have one way of doing it and doing it well. Mar 24, 2017 at 22:30

You can also use ctrl + ⬅︎ or ctrl + to navigate between screens. And if you've got a trackpad or Magic Mouse, you can enable "swipe between full screen apps" in SysPref to do the same at that @aglasser suggested

  • I'm using this method to swipe between screens, but I run into the problem enumerated in my question: to get from the last screen to the first, I have to swipe left through all of them.
    – user84892
    Jul 31, 2014 at 5:53
  • yeah, I hear you. That sucks. Maybe we can ask Apple to enable swipe rotation for spaces. Seems like a no-brainer. Or maybe we tell them that Android already has this feature. THAT should get their attention! ;-)
    – SaxDaddy
    Aug 5, 2014 at 23:22

You must log in to answer this question.