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10.5: Small issue with Spaces


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Just acquainting myself with Spaces - and I've come a cropper.

I've set it so that I ought to be able to press Opt+ arrow/number keys to switch between spaces, but it doesn't seem to actually work unless I'm moving to space 1 - i.e. pressing opt+1, or e.g. opt+up from space 3 (I have four in a square.)

Any help would be appreciated.
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Verify by going to SystemPreferences->Expose & Spaces->Spaces

Make sure you have your mapping correct at the bottom. Post a screen shot if you can.

Also, make sure you don't have some other shortcut mapped to the same key sequence. This could be causing the issue you are seeing.
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That's what I've got. I have no idea if I have anything else mapped to the same shortcuts - I'm trawling the web to see if I may have had anything set to it by default...

I get a sort of 'error' sound when I press Opt+2, a sort of benevolent 'bloomp', as if to say "I'd love to do that for you, but it's simply impossible."
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Hmmm, interesting. Yeah, that 'bloomp' sound is indeed the OS telling you that you can't execute that action...why you can't is the real question. You have everything mapped right as far as I can see so that's out.

What sort of Mac are you using? Laptop/Desktop? Do you have a bluetooth keyboard, wireless keyboard etc?
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Brand new 13" MacBook Pro.
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Can you map the same action you are trying to perform to any of the other predefined keys? Try CommandKey+Arrow or CtrlKey+Arrow.
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Nope, none of them work, save, as usual, navigation to space 1.
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I'm stumped.

Again, the only thing I can think of is that some other application has these keys mapped. You can go into Keyboard&Mouse->KeyboardShortcuts and look, but I am starting to think this might not be it. I can't imagine any application having ALL these combinations already mapped.

You have a later model Mac than me with extended trackpad/keyboard capabilities so it may be an option you have to enable that I am not seeing on my system.
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Hm, oh well. Cheers for trying, anyway. I'll carry on digging, and phone up Apple tomorrow if necessary. If I solve it I'll let you know how!
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Out of curiousity, did you have your MBP connected to an external keyboard at any point. I just walked over to my MacMini that was connected to a KVM switch and tried what you are attempting to do....it doesn't work and I get the same behavior as you. Even when I unplugged my Apple keyboard from the KVM and plugged it directly into the Mini, it still doesn't work. I believe I have to go back in and tell the Mini what keyboard type I am now using.
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Ok, I think I may have something

Goto

SystemPreferences->Keyboard

You should see a Modifier Keys button here...click this

What does it say your 'Keyboard Type' is?
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I had the same problem as you on my Mini because the machine was incorrectly identifying my keyboard type even when I unplugged it from the KVM and directly into the Mac. If you were connected to an external keyboard before, this may be your issue.
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Man. I feel really stupid.

It's fixed - I just added and removed another row of spaces and everything's working fine.
Sorry for wasting your time.
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Hmmm...10.5, trying to remember where the 'Keyboard Type' could be found.

Essentially it sounds like your MBP thinks he is using a different type of keyboard and can't map the keys correctly. Again, I had the exact same issue on my Mini even when I plugged my keyboard directly in. I had to go back and tell the Mini what type of keyboard (Apple Keyboard) I was using.

Strange that this would be occurring right out of the box, but since the behavior is exactly the same, it's the only thing I can think of at this point.

Also, I assume your using a UK compatible keyboard palette. This might have something to do with it as well.
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It's fixed - I just added and removed another row of spaces and everything's working fine.
Sorry for wasting your time.
LOL...cool. No waste at all. Man, I was really baffled. Glad it works.
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