Controlling Mission Control with your keyboard

Reader Brian Lodell generally likes a new Lion feature but finds it cumbersome to use. He writes:

I see the usefulness of Mission Control, but there has to be an easier way to use it without swiping around on my MacBook’s trackpad. Any hints for using it more efficiently?

Sure, use keyboard shortcuts. Here are a few you might like:

  • Control - Up Arrow: Invoke Mission Control
  • Control - Down Arrow: Leave Mission Control
  • Control - Left or Right Arrow: Switch between desktops
  • Control - Up Arrow then press Space Bar: “Pops” out the desktop’s selected window

If you don’t care for these shortcuts, you’re welcome to change them. To do that launch System Preferences -> Keyboard and select the Keyboard Shortcuts tab. Choose Mission Control and you’ll see these shortcuts to the right. Click on a shortcut to highlight it and type in a different shortcut.

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