I am not sure how to google for this problem.

I recently upgrade OS:X and had a crash and I lost the ability to do my alt4 shortcut to move spaces. I instead get the ¢ character.

My shortcut setting is set in preferences:

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I am not sure where to override the (new) keyboard shortcut for the ¢ key. The other shortcuts for spaces work (ie switching to desktop 1-3).

This was working prior to a system crash.

I have re-added my keyboard that I am using, which does not fix the problem. I have the same problem on my built-in keyboard as well as my USB keyboard.

  • Do you have a keyboard with a 10-key pad? Shortcuts differentiate between 10-key & the numbers above qwerty. Either test using alt/4 on the 10-key, or just remove the shortcut & re-add it using the 4 above qwerty.
    – Tetsujin
    Apr 28, 2016 at 15:04
  • @Tetsujin I do not have a 10-key pad on either.
    – enderland
    Apr 28, 2016 at 15:05
  • OS X normally uses alt for special characters. So on a US keyboard alt 12345 are ¡™£¢∞. Shortcuts would normally use Control, with Control 1 (^1) the default for Switch to Desktop 1. That's not good for you? Apr 28, 2016 at 15:08
  • @TomGewecke sure, but that doesn't explain why this was working fine prior to a system crash and now is not working (?).
    – enderland
    Apr 28, 2016 at 15:09

1 Answer 1


I used Karabiner and added a custom shortcut:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
    <name>Override alt4</name>
    <autogen>__KeyToKey__ KeyCode::4, ModifierFlag::OPTION_L, KeyCode::4, ModifierFlag::CONTROL_R</autogen>

I then bound my actual spaces shortcut to Control4.

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