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I want to know if there is a way I can switch spaces on OS X without using control+1 or control+(arrow key).

For some reason this is locking up my keyboard. It probably has to do with another program I'm running, possibly LiteSwitch. This started happening when I updated to 10.6.8.

I was actually using applescript to switch spaces - so I don't mind using some utility or script to switch spaces. Is there something like a helper app that could do this?

I looked at the built in options for Quicksilver and Better Touch Tool, but I didn't see any options to assign space switching to them.


I know I can set the a mouse action, or a script, to pull up all the spaces and then click one, but I am curious to know how to switch directly to a specifc space without using the keyboard.

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Enable "Show Spaces in menu bar" in System Preferences → Exposé and Spaces. You'll gain a utility in the menu bar that lets you switch directly to a space.

picture of Spaces menu bar utility

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looks good. thank you. – cwd Aug 18 '11 at 15:34

You can use your mouse if you set Spaces to a hot corner:

  1. Go to Apple > System Preferences.

  2. You have two options here:

    1. Enter Desktop & Screen Saver Preferences Pane. Click on the button labelled "Hot Corners".

    2. Enter Expose and Spaces Preferences.

  3. Here, you can set the hot corners; so, you could set one corner to Spaces.

  4. You might also want to avoid accidental triggering by adding a modifier there.

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I should have written "how can I switch directly to a space" without the keyboard. Is that possible? – cwd Aug 18 '11 at 12:55

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