Is there a way to still use Control+# (e.g. Control+1, Control+2, ...) to switch to a particular Desktop? In Spaces' parlance: to a particular Space? I have difficulties swiping the trackpad and could use the old shortcut?

Also: Could I configure a particular App to open in a particular Desktop number, like in Snow Leopard?

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In Lion, by default, will switch to a particular Desktop if you hit Control+Desktop's Number. Go to System Preferences / Keyboard / Shortcuts / Mission Control and check if you've overwritten this shortcut.

Yes, you can configure a particular App to open in a particular Desktop. To do so just:

  1. Navigate to that particular Desktop.
  2. Open the App you want to assign, if its already not on the Dock, and right click on it.
  3. A contextual menú will show up. Under Options you'll see a submenu called Assign to and three different options. All Desktops, This Desktop or None. Select This Desktop.
  • It's Mountain Lion and I first need to create all the Desktops and then individually assign the shortcuts (CTRL+1, CTRL+2, ...). Absurd!!! Commented Sep 6, 2012 at 14:37

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