I have 2 monitors connected to my Mac. Each monitor has multiple spaces setup, for example - monitor 1 has Desktop 1, 2 & 3 and monitor 2 has Desktop 4 & 5.

ctrl+ and ctrl+ only move between spaces on the currently focused monitor.

However, I can't find how to switch monitor focus using the keyboard.

If focus is on monitor 1, I need to point and click my mouse on monitor 2 and only then can I switch spaces on monitor 2.

Even if I switch to an application open on monitor 2 using ctrl+tab, the monitor focus and space switching still occurs on monitor 1.

Using Yosemite.

  • When you say "Even if I switch to an application open on monitor 2 using ctrl+tab," do you mean cmd+tab ?
    – Qsigma
    Commented Jan 19, 2017 at 15:30
  • There is a workaround here: apple.stackexchange.com/a/199676/173554
    – Qsigma
    Commented Jan 19, 2017 at 15:33

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fwiw, I think this question has already been asked and answered...

Keyboard shorcut to switch focus between multiple displays on OS X Mavericks

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    The solutions provided in that link are not working anymore
    – chelder
    Commented May 27, 2016 at 22:59

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