I like having many full screens open (in the same ‘space’), but it bothers me that I have to press CMD+right twice to get from 1 to 3; it should be possible to jump directly to 3 with a shortcut like ctrl+3. Or is it?

PS. Sorry, I meant: can one jump between spaces within the same desktop?


Yes, you can certainly do so.

  • Go to Settings > Keyboard
  • From there select Shortcuts
  • Mission Control
  • Tick the boxes for the Desktops you want.


EDIT: One quick way to to move is to +tab to switch between open applications. Otherwise, you can submit feedback to Apple.

OS X 10.11 El Capitan will feature having a Split View which may be more convenient when rolled out.

  • Also note that if you have an extended keyboard, by default the ctrl/number you see is for the numbers above QWERTY, not the NumPad [10-key]. You need to specifically re-enter the NumPad numbers if that's what you wish to use. Also note that Fullscreened apps don't have Desktop numbers & cannot be directly accessed in this way. You need to 'number' to the nearest screen, then 'arrow' to the one you need. – Tetsujin Sep 14 '15 at 7:22
  • @bjbk: Thanks! I got my terminology mixed up, though, and meant to ask: can one jump between spaces within one desktop? I tried used several desktops before, but found it unpractical with full screens, as these use other spaces than the main desktops. – Toothrot Sep 14 '15 at 10:38
  • Thanks to both of you for clearing that up. Use Command + Tab to quickly jump between full screen apps. – bjbk Sep 14 '15 at 12:21

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