I just found out about the ^1, ^2 etc. keyboard shortcuts for switching to desktops.

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Those only do desktops though.

How can I set-up keyboard shortcuts to switch to spaces?

E.g. full-screen safari is space 1, desktop is space 2, safari's fullscreen video that's being played is space 3.

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I'm afraid this is one of those features that was just really badly thought-through from the outset, when the new fullscreen paradigm was added, & hasn't been fixed yet.

  • You can only use key commands to go directly to numbered Spaces.
  • Fullscreen Spaces don't have a number.
  • Catch 22

Best you can do is use the number keys to get to the last numbered Space, then Ctrl ⌃ to get to the fullscreen Space you require.

Yet another reason I never use fullscreen.

BTW, according to your Shortcuts picture, you only have one Space set up. The Ctrl ⌃ [num] shortcuts are added automatically [but not activated by default] as you add each potential Space.

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Compared to my 7...

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Safari full-screened to the right, as an example. Spaces have numbers, fullscreens have names.

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  • What do you mean I have only one space set-up? I have three....?
    – minseong
    Feb 22, 2018 at 8:28
  • Added pictures to my answer. You have one shortcut, so you have one Space. Anything with a name is fullscreen, not a Space. Spaces only have numbers.
    – Tetsujin
    Feb 22, 2018 at 8:38
  • Oh. I've been using wrong terminology. I'd always distinguished between spaces and desktops. Apparently a space is a desktop? And thus fullscreen apps aren't in their own spaces?
    – minseong
    Feb 22, 2018 at 11:22
  • tbh, the terminologies appear to be pretty much interchangeable. In Mission Control Apple refers to all as Spaces, in Shortcuts they're all Desktops. Maybe a fullscreen app is just outside the definition altogether - as it a) has no desktop behind it & b) has no Space number.
    – Tetsujin
    Feb 22, 2018 at 12:01
  • What's a space number?
    – minseong
    Feb 22, 2018 at 12:37

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