Quickly Switch Between Dashboard, Spaces & Full-Screen Apps in Lion [OS X Tips]


Mission Control

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m in love with Mission Control. I am especially fond of how easily it makes using spaces (virtual desktops) a part of my everyday work flow. Throw in a few full-screen applications like Mail or Safari and I’m happily zipping back and forth between them all. Now I’ve found a keyboard trick that allows me to move around my spaces zippy fast without taking my hands off of the keyboard.

If you have multiple spaces or full-screen applications open you can quickly switch between them or zip over to your Dashboard by pressing and holding the Control key and either the Left or Right Arrow key at the same time.

You use the combination of Control-Left to move through the available full-screen apps, spaces, or Dashboard in a left-handed direction and Control-Right moves in the opposite right-handed direction.

This is a quick and easy way to navigate through all these screens for those of you that prefer to do as much as possible with the keyboard.