I have a laptop and a desktop both running 10.11.1; on the laptop I found a way to set up Spaces so that CTRL-1 would take me immediately to screen 1 and similarly for all the other screens. I rely on that convenience. But on my desktop I am still stuck with this stupid Mission Control 2-step procedure. I KNOW it's possible, but I have been unable to reproduce this convenience on the desktop. Can anyone remind me how it's done?
You can enable this feature in the "Keyboard" preference pane.
- Open System Preferences (e.g., from the Apple menu)
- Click on the "Keyboard" preference pane
- Go to the "Shortcuts" tab
- Choose "Mission Control" from the menu on the left
- Look in the box on the right for "Switch to Desktop 1"
- Enable the feature by "checking" the check box
- Be sure that the keyboard shortcut is "^1" ("^" means Control)
If you only have one desktop right now, then you will only see "Switch to Desktop 1", but by placing a checkmark in the box, the feature will be enabled as you add new desktops.
Troubleshooting possibilities, assuming everything already looks OK re JM's answer...
- On a keyboard with a 10-key pad, the 10-key & qwerty numbers are separate controls. The default key commands use qwerty so you need to change them specifically to 10-key if that's what you use.
Secondly, though the commands are added with each new Space, they are not enabled by default.
Thirdly - if you have only the same number of Spaces as you have monitors - and also "Displays have separate Spaces" in Prefs > Mission Control - then Switching cannot work until you add one more Space
Another possibility, courtesy of Avram [which I cannot test as I don't have anything to 'swipe' on]
I believe this state occurs when you inadvertently make a swipe gesture while a ctrl-key is held down. I can't be sure of that, but the fix is to do exactly that: hold down the ctrl-key, and then do the desktop-switching swipe gesture (for me it is 3-finger swipe left or right).
Here's another approach you may find useful; it's been my favorite for years, as it makes for an easy reach, one-handed keyboard shortcut (hotkey trick), to switch between spaces/desktops: Alt. + Arrow key
Starting from the second screenshot above (or below depending how the post is uploaded) of the System Preference window for Keyboard: 1) Select Shortcuts, then 2) Notice just below the "Keyboard Text Shortcuts Input Sources" menu, that it reads: To change a shortcut, select it, click the key combination, and then type the new keys. 3) Select "Move left a Space" / "Move right a Space" 4) Click/tap on the default symbols (i.e., the default shortcut that requires two hands) Ctrl + Arrow, and simply type in "Alt + Arrow" and viola = a one handed keyboard shortcut to switch between spaces.
I realize, a three finger swipe on the trackpad works too, and I love the trackpad, but I prefer keyboard shortcuts where they can be created/applied.
Lastly, I believe this will work on all Apple keyboards, laptop and desktops alike, at least it has on all five in our house (2 MBooks, 1 Air, 2 iMacs).