I want to configure my shortcuts to switch between multiple desktops. Currently, I am using Control as the modifier key, but that's a bit too difficult for me to reach. I want to use the Spacebar as a modifier key. So I can assign shortcuts like:

  1. Space + C: Desktop 1 (Holds Google Chrome)

  2. Space + I: Desktop 2 (Holds IntelliJ)

  3. Space + T: Desktop 3 (Holds Terminal)

  4. Space + P: Desktop 4 (Holds Postman)

The system won't let me use Spacebar as a modifier key. If I use Command (which is a bit easier for me to reach), then it collides with my copy and paste shortcuts.

I would prefer a native solution but I am ready to use an app as well.

  • Hey Prashant! There are shortcuts like ^1 to switch to Desktop 1 and so on. Isn't that helpful? You can use cmd in them. Safari can cause conflicts since cmd+x gives x number tab. – ankii Jun 17 at 6:51
  • It's too hard for me to reach. Can't I use the space as one of the modifier keys? – Prashant Pandey Jun 17 at 7:07
  • The problem arises when you're in say, a document and want to press space + c. So wouldn't the system try to insert spaces in the document while you hold the space key and reach out for c? You said that cmd is easier, so I suggested cmd+1 etc. – ankii Jun 17 at 7:12
  • Why would I ever press space + c in a document? The thing is, I have mapped the keys according to the application: c for Chrome, t for the terminal etc. If I remap now, I'll have to build up the muscle memory again. – Prashant Pandey Jun 17 at 8:04
  • To go to chrome. It was an example. You might want to press I T or P also depending on your need. The point is still that space has other function which is to insert spaces in editable conditions. – ankii Jun 17 at 8:07

There are native shortcuts which let you go to specific Desktop by Control + 1 etc.

But according to your needs to remove your conflicts with Copy/Paste shortcut, edit the keys by going to System Preferences → Keyboard → Shortcuts. Then you can add/edit Shortcuts to use CMD + C etc for going to specific applications.

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