I want to switch to my external display via shortcut and not by moving my cursor to the other screen.

  • Need some more information for why this is needed and some clarification. You currently have a dual display and instead of manually moving the mouse to a window and making it active, you want to "tab" to it with the keyboard? – Mike Diglio Nov 16 '15 at 17:23
  • Why do I need this? Probably only for personal preference. I have two displays, one from my macbook pro and one extern hp monitor. And yes, instead of manually moving the mouse outside the one display into the other one I want to make the other window active by some kind of shortcut. – Yannick Nov 16 '15 at 18:05

The best thing to do for this case is to create a Keyboard Shortcut to switch desktops. To do this, you can do the following:

System Preferences -> Keyboard -> Shortcuts

From this menu, select Mission Control on the left hand side, and at the bottom of this list, you should see an option for "Switch to Desktop #." This is the screen where you can create a keyboard shortcut in order to change focus between your desktops.

  • Is there a way to disable that the mouse can move out of the window? – Yannick Nov 17 '15 at 18:54
  • This I am not sure of - I don't believe there is a way to restrict mouse movement to only the focused windows. If there is, there may be a 3rd party application for this, but not build in – Mike Diglio Nov 17 '15 at 21:29

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