Say, I have 10 desktops. I'm on the desktop 2. I switch to the deskotp 7 using the F3 key and touchpad. Is there a standard hot key for switching back to the deskotp 2? And then back to the deskotp 7.

Similar to Alt+Tab, but for the desktops.

  • Do the opposite of this - apple.stackexchange.com/q/214348/85275 then ctrl/left or right will toggle between the last two - though you will lose your numbering. Alternatively, use ctrl/number to access directly.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Dec 6, 2018 at 16:42
  • @Tetsujin that's already done
    – nylypej
    Commented Dec 6, 2018 at 16:45
  • Then go back to that answer & use direct numbers instead. There's no command for 'last used space', though Cmd/Tab would do the equivalent if you have your Spaces set correctly.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Dec 6, 2018 at 16:48
  • If you know which desktops you want to switch to just use they numbers i.e ctrl 2, ctrl 7, ctrl 2 ...
    – Ruskes
    Commented Dec 6, 2018 at 16:53
  • One thing to note is that if you have an extended keyboard with a 10-key, even though they look the same in prefs, those keys are actually different from the ones above qwerty. The default key commands use the qwerty keys.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Dec 6, 2018 at 17:00

1 Answer 1


Using keyboard shortcuts to switch Desktops.

Open System preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts.

Click on the Mission control.

Desktops will show there with number associated to it.

Check all you want to switch.

Use "ctrl" and press number to switch.

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  • how do i switch back and forth?
    – nylypej
    Commented Dec 6, 2018 at 17:54
  • same, just hold ctrl and press the number you whish
    – Ruskes
    Commented Dec 6, 2018 at 17:58

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