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I usually have a 4x3 grid for spaces. Each row is dedicated to a different subject/project. Does anyone know a way to move to different column of the current row? So if I pressed control + 1 it would move to column 1 of whatever row I was current in.

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control-up, control-down will move you to the space above and below you.

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You can configure how to switch between Spaces in System Preferences » Exposé & Spaces » Spaces: alt text

The highlighted popup menu allows you to configure the shortcuts for moving to adjacent spaces by pressing a combination of {Command, Control, Option} and the arrow keys (left, right, up down, depending on your desired direction).

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Keep your desired modifiers (Command, Control, Option, Shift) pressed while the popup menu is open to get additional variants (pictured: while pressing Shift and Command).

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You cannot jump to "column 1 of the current row" though. Only absolute movements (to space 1) and relative movements (to the space to the left of the current one) are possible, no "hybrid".

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HyperSpaces appears to offer a "Switch to this space" hotkey for each defined space

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and a "Back to the previous space" key, among lots of others. Plus the menu bar icon opens a clickable spaces map. And my favorite option: custom background for each space.

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