Move Windows Between Desktops in Mac OS X With a Click & Keyboard Shortcut

May 27, 2012 - 5 Comments

Move windows between desktops in Mac OS X with a keyboard shortcut

With Desktop switching keyboard shortcuts set, you can instantly move windows between different desktops without going through Mission Control at all. The only requirement is to configure the control keys for switching desktops, and you must have multiple desktops or else you won’t have anything to switch the windows between.

  1. Enable Desktop Space control keys in System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts > Mission Control, check the boxes as follows:
  2. Enable fast Desktop Switching keyboard shortcuts

  3. To move windows, click and hold on any window titlebar and hit Control+2, Control+1, or Control+3 to instantly bring the chosen window to the desktop corresponding to the keyboard shortcut

This is probably the fastest way to move a window or app between desktops in OS X, it’s even faster than dragging towards the edge of a desktop because there is no delay in switching.

The brief video below demonstrates the feature in action in OS X 10.7, but it also works in OS X 10.8.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks

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  1. DCVoy says:

    This feature is also available in 10.6 Snow Leopard.

  2. da4 says:

    The Spaces tab of the Expose & Spaces preference pane in 10.6.8 also can enable the ‘Switch directly to a space’ option with various modifier keys.

  3. Jerry says:

    Thanks for sharing this idea. It surely is more efficient then via mission control, or even dragging to the edge of the monitor screen.

  4. jji7skyline says:

    Just swipe with two fingers on the Magic Mouse.

  5. Soph says:

    Thanks for the tip!
    You can even do it with the ^→ and ^← shortcuts, no need to remember the number of the next space.

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