I am using Microsoft Remote Desktop in my MacOS, the Windows is opened in full window so it has its own virtual desktop.

My Windows application heavily uses F12, Ctrl-Left Arrow and Ctrl-Right Arrow. But these shortcuts are associated with Mac to navigate virtual desktops.

Is there a way I can completely disable these keys from being intercepted by Mac?

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Yes, you can disable those keyboard shortcuts:

  1. Go to the Apple menu
  2. Click System Preferences...
  3. Click Keyboard
  4. Click the Shortcuts tab
  5. Click Mission Control in the left-hand column
  6. Uncheck the keyboard shortcuts for Show Dashboard (F12), Move left a space (ctrl-left arrow) and Move right a space (ctrl-right arrow)
  • Works like a charm
    – hardywang
    Nov 8, 2018 at 2:49

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