I'd like to be able to change the displayed desktop in Mission Control without actually exiting Mission control. For example, if I'm on desktop 1 and I go into Mission Control, I see all of the applications in that desktop along with thumbnails for the other desktops. Can I view the applications in the one of the other desktops without having to click on it and leave Mission Control and then go back into Mission Control?

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Yes, you can.

Hold down the option key and click on the desktop.

The desktop you clicked on will slide into view.

  • This is exactly the functionality I had in mind, but Paul's suggestion of swiping is probably what I will actually end up doing. Thanks to both of you.
    – David
    Commented Aug 1, 2011 at 14:41

Push Ctrl + or It also can be done by swiping if you have a Magic Mouse or Trackpad.

  • My only comment is to wonder why I didn't try swiping. :-)
    – David
    Commented Aug 1, 2011 at 14:47
  • Heh, so much to learn in OS X. Commented Aug 1, 2011 at 14:48

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