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Considering that Spotlight is already using +space and that you cannot use combination of modifiers alone, I would like to see an ergonimic alternative.

I can't use the following combinations due to conflicts with other software

  • ctrl+space - auto-complete in IDEA

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I use ctrl + + space. It's typeable via left hand, doesn't collide with the search window shortcut (as + + space does) and I haven't found any other overlap yet.

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How about ctrl + ` (backtick)

Easy to type that with your left hand.

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I'm using + + space as it doesn't trigger autocomplete in Eclipse, Idea or Quicksilver/Spotlight/Alfred.

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  • that's the default to open a knew finder search window...
    – Alexander
    Aug 4, 2011 at 0:14
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I use ctrl + space which is may be the best option I found out to be useful and ergonomic.

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    Unfortunately this conflicts with Eclipse/XCode code completion :-( Jun 6, 2011 at 10:33
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I use ++C to trigger my clipboard manager.

I haven't found it overlapping any other keyboard shortcut, and the keys are close enough to be pressed using one hand (the thumb for the modifiers and the index for "C")

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I've always been using Cmd+Alt+/ and been pretty happy with it. I don't remember having any conflict with any app.

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I use ctrl++ for "global" keyboard shortcuts.

ctrl++ +S seems like a good "switch" shortcut.

You could probably also use +F[1-12] key if you install Apptivate [$3 on the Mac App Store].

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I use ++\ (next to Enter). Works fine for me.

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  • I was hopping to a combination that uses only the left hand :)
    – sorin
    Jun 6, 2011 at 8:35
  • @Sorin: it's possible to press it with right hand altogether, using right-Cmd and right-Shift keys :-). I've just tried it, but I have to admit, it's not very "hand"-friendly (I use left hand for cmd and shift keys). Jun 6, 2011 at 9:38
  • I assume you have and addional `\` key on your keyboard between Shift and Z ... but this is not my case.
    – sorin
    Jun 6, 2011 at 12:28
  • @Sorin: I have additional \ key next to Enter key, just above right shift key (i53.tinypic.com/2jdkiew.png) I think this is what Apple calls "International keyboard layout". Jun 6, 2011 at 12:58
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What's wrong with the default +? (or ++ to switch in the opposite order)?

It's perfectly ergonomic to have your thumb on the key and use on of your others to press the key.

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I use caps lock to switch language. 1 keystroke. You can set this in system preferences/keyboard/input sources:

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Unfortunately this only works if you are switching between a Latin input source and non-Latin input source like Russian, Greek, Chinese, Arabic, Hebrew, Hindi, etc.

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  • Settings - keyboard - input sources and check "use caps lock to switch to and from us international keyboard" Sep 24, 2018 at 12:15

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