With SnowLeopard, I was using spaces, with two spaces. On the second space, I was running a fullscreen application.

I created a shortcut to switch from my first space to the second space : Cmd+1 goes to space 1, Cmd+2 goes to space 2 (displaying my fullscreen app).

I recently upgraded to Lion and cannot reconfigure it to have the same behavior I had with Snow Leopard :

When running my app fullscreen, a new space (sub-space ?) dedicated to this app is created. Now, when pressing Cmd+2, it displays space 2, but it is empty, as my fullscreen app is somewhere else.

How can I make sure my fullscreen app sticks to a space, so that using Cmd+1 and Cmd+2, I can quickly switch between my normal desktop (space 1) and my fullscreen app (space 2) ?

2 Answers 2


In Lion, the only options you have to manage the order of spaces are...

  • System Preferences → Mission Control → Automatically rearrange spaces based on most recent use

  • Manually drag spaces in Mission Control

The shortcuts to switch between spaces and desktops are set in...

  • System Preferences → Keyboard → Mission Control

But, you can only set direct shortcuts to Desktops - not any space.

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    Also note that more shortcuts come up as you create more desktops. I just realised now. ^^
    – latusaki
    Commented Apr 4, 2012 at 12:22
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    @latusaki Yes. That can be a bit confusing when you have only one desktop... :)
    – gentmatt
    Commented Apr 4, 2012 at 12:25
  • The most confusing thing with mission control is that you can't move your 'main' desktop. Wonder what the engineers at apple were thinking...
    – latusaki
    Commented Apr 4, 2012 at 12:28
  • I'm still confused. Let's say I'm working with only one desktop. When running an app in fullscreen, Lion put it in a specific screen : is it possible to directly access this specific screen by a shortcut ?
    – Jérôme
    Commented Apr 4, 2012 at 12:57
  • @Jérôme You can click the application icon in the dock or use the applications switcher via CMD-TAB.
    – gentmatt
    Commented Apr 4, 2012 at 12:58

Preferences > Keyboard . THere you can change the shortcuts. If what you want is possible you should be able to do it from there.

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