I have a new Macbook Air with Lion and I'm using Excel in VMWare Fusion and it has a hotkey for Control + Shift + Down Arrow.

Every time I try and use this key combination instead of doing what it's supposed to do for Excel it's getting intercepted by Lion.

Is there a way to disable this hotkey globally or perhaps just when I'm using Fusion?

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    But what if I don't want to disable control-up and control-down for exposé, I only want to disable shift-control-up and shift-control-down for the silly "slow mo" exposé (to replace with Sublime Text 3's multiple-cursors)? thx! [Writing this comment on a previous answer as a "new answer", btw, b/c commenting requires more points than I currently have.]
    – 2540625
    Commented May 31, 2014 at 18:35
  • My new question would be the same as this question, and I wouldn't want to duplicate. The answer marked correct above doesn't answer the original question exactly, it sidesteps it.
    – 2540625
    Commented May 31, 2014 at 21:18
  • then lets tell that to @DanielLawson
    – Ruskes
    Commented May 31, 2014 at 22:20
  • You're absolutely right that my answer is a workaround. It's also the only way I know to solve the problem.
    – Daniel
    Commented May 31, 2014 at 22:22
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    possible duplicate of Remove shift key augmentation for Mission Control animation
    – SCdF
    Commented Aug 15, 2015 at 22:23

2 Answers 2


To reassign the key globally, go to System Preferences » Mission Control and under Application Windows, where it currently says ^↓, assign another key (I used F10, à la exposé).

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    Thanks! This horrible shortcut was conflicting with sublimetext.
    – caarlos0
    Commented Jun 29, 2013 at 18:55
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    On Mavericks the key can be disabled completely, by assigning it a dash (latest option in the Mission Control and Application Windows dropdown box).
    – Ludder
    Commented Jun 3, 2014 at 7:27

To remove the shift augmentation follow the steps outlined in this answer to a similar (but with much less Google juice it seems) question: https://apple.stackexchange.com/a/115698

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    This should be the accepted solution. The accepted solution does not disable Ctrl+Shift+Up/Down, rather it disables Mission Control which is the default target of Ctrl+Up/Down. This answer disables the shift augmentation which will free up Ctrl+Shift+Up/Down to be used by Sublime Text while keeping Ctrl+Up/Down intact for Mission Control. Commented Aug 11, 2016 at 15:56

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