How to Switch Between Desktops Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Switching between desktops on a Mac can help you stay organized and improve productivity. Whether you want to separate work from personal tasks or need to switch between different projects, Mac allows you to create and switch between multiple desktops effortlessly. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps of switching between desktops on a Mac.

Create Multiple Desktops

If you haven’t created multiple desktops yet, here’s how you can do it:

  1. Click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen.

  2. Select System Preferences.

  3. In the System Preferences window, click on the Mission Control icon.

  4. Under the Mission Control tab, make sure the option for “Displays have separate Spaces” is checked.

  5. You can now create a new desktop by either:

    • Pressing the keys: Control + Up Arrow.

    • Navigating to the top-right corner of your screen and clicking on the “Add Desktop” button.

Switch Between Desktops

You have created multiple desktops; now let’s see how to switch between them:

  1. To switch between desktops using keyboard shortcuts:

    • Press the keys: Control + Left Arrow/Right Arrow to move left or right through the desktops.

    • Alternatively, you can use the keys: Control + Number, where the number corresponds to the desktop you want to switch to (e.g., Control + 1 for the first desktop).

  2. To switch between desktops using trackpad gestures:

    • Swipe left or right with three fingers on your trackpad to switch between desktops.

  3. To switch between desktops using Mission Control:

    • Press the key: F3.

    • Navigate to the desired desktop by clicking on its preview.

  4. To switch between desktops using the Dock:

    • Click and hold an application icon in the Dock.

    • In the pop-up window, click on the desired desktop where you want to open that application.

Rearrange Desktop Order

If you want to rearrange the order of your desktops, follow these steps:

  1. Enter Mission Control by pressing the key: F3.

  2. Click and hold on a desktop’s preview...

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