⌃ Control+ and ⌃ Control+ switches desktops.

I actually had this enabled in Spaces on Snow Leopard, but I'd like to turn this off because I use those key combinations when editing in Eclipse. How do I turn this off?

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Go to System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Mission Control and change the settings for "Move left a space" and "Move right a space" or disable them completely.

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    It's easy to mix up and go to "System Preferences > Mission Control > Shortcuts" instead, where you will only see options for the Ctrl + Up/Down shortcuts, but not the Ctrl + Left/Right ones!
    – rleelr
    Dec 20, 2017 at 22:48
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    In OS X Catalina these options are in the "System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Mission Control"
    – akronymn
    Dec 23, 2020 at 14:36
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    Interestingly, after doing this, CTRL-LEFT ARROW works but RIGHT doesn't...?
    – Krumelur
    Jan 17, 2022 at 11:40
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    in Ventura 13 this is in "System Prefs" > "Keyboard Navigation" then a button for "Keyboard Shortcuts" which will open a dialog with "Mission Control" on the left and then an expandable "Mission Control" on the right with checkboxes.
    – vinnyjames
    Jan 26, 2023 at 0:34
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    @vinnyjames I spent days looking for this setting without realizing that the 'mission control' menu item was expandable! Mar 14, 2023 at 6:24

I updated an app called Karabiner and it turned some Mission Control shortcuts off. I like moving desktops. Here's how you turn them back on:


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    Is there a way to get karabiner to send "move left a space" and "move right a space" commands. I would like to continue to have control left/right to execute those commands, but I would also like to have a one handed option (eg right command comma and right command period)
    – ORcoder
    Nov 21, 2019 at 21:51
  • @ORcoder, yes, Karabiner is quite configurable. You may need to add a rule to ~/.config/karabiner/karabiner.json configuration file but it's pretty easy to do, just look at the rest of the file for examples.
    – user118967
    May 5, 2021 at 5:31

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