Using terminology from Work in multiple spaces on Mac, spaces are additional desktops.

Let's say I have five spaces open and I am on the right-most one. Is there a shortcut I can use to go to the left-most space aka "Desktop 1"?

What I've tried:

  • When I look in Settings > Desktop & Dock I see Shortcuts including "Show Desktop" but that just minimizes all windows and shows the desktop as opposed to the left-most space you'd see in mission control.
  • I know I can use Ctrl + / to quickly navigate between spaces but hoping for a quicker shortcut to take me straight to the left-most space.

For context, I am on a laptop and one monitor setup, with the monitor as my main display and my laptop as my extended display.


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Note that these instructions are for macOS 13.x, I do not know if they are different for other versions.

Navigate to Settings > Keyboard and in the second 'box' for "Keyboard Navigation" click the "Keyboard Shortcuts ..." button.

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In the resultant popup click on "Mission Control" in the left sidebar.

Then in the right panel look for the "Mission Control" item with the 'flipply triangle', ">" and click on the ">" to expand the set of options.

Enable the "Switch to Desktop1" item by clicking the checkbox. This will enable the shortcut ⌃1 , (control 1), which will jump you to Desktop 1, which should be the leftmost space.

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Then click the "Done" button.

  • Nice you can customize key combination too. That's perfect, thank you @SteveM!!
    – piedpiper
    Commented Oct 27, 2023 at 3:09

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