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10.7: Unbind your Spaces Key System 10.7
Your 10.6 Spaces key gets redirected to Mission Control automatically, but there is no option in System Prefs to unbind that key or cleanly reassign it.

To do that, you'll need to edit your symbolichotkeys plist:
defaults write AppleSymbolicHotKeys -dict-add 75 "{enabled = 0; value = { parameters = (65535, 96, 0); type = 'standard'; }; }"

defaults write AppleSymbolicHotKeys -dict-add 76 "{enabled = 0; value = { parameters = (65535, 96, 131072); type = 'standard'; }; }"
Log out/in and your key should be free.

[crarko adds: I haven't tested this one. The file is in ~/Library, and you may wish to back it up (Time Machine or otherwise) before making any changes.]
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10.7: Unbind your Spaces Key
Authored by: chuchomtz on Jul 26, '11 08:01:05AM

And how can you reassign it to another key?

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10.7: Unbind your Spaces Key
Authored by: CHM on Jul 28, '11 06:42:31AM

It would be useful to know how to remap other keys as well. For example, the F4 on the new MBA is mapped to Launchpad. I don't really use it, plus there's a neat little gesture to launch it. I'd rather have a dedicated dashboard key like it used to be, especially since I don't like having the dashboard be it's own desktop and turned that feature off.

Any help would be appreciated.

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10.7: Unbind your Spaces Key
Authored by: CHM on Aug 03, '11 11:32:08AM

I finally figured this one out. I deleted my symbolichotkeys plist, logged out an back in to start fresh, though it' probably not necessary. This also helped me narrow down the number of entries in the plist. I opened it with property list editor. The highest numbered entry was 160, so I figured that was for launchpad since it's the newest hotkey item. Item 2 for that entry was 131. so I figured that is the "F4" key without pressing function at the same time. I changed it to 118, which is fn-F4, then went down to entry 62 (dashboard) and changed item 2 to 131 (it was 118). Saved the plist, logged out and back in again and now pressing the F4 key toggles the dashboard and fn-F4 toggles launchpad.

Hope that all makes sense.

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10.7: Unbind your Spaces Key
Authored by: trazz3561 on Jul 31, '11 09:46:44AM

Would System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts > Mission Control > double-click right column and type in new shortcut work also? I've been able to use this to revert many keyboard shortcuts to make bouncing from Windows to Mac less mind boggling for a Mac n00b like myself :o?

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10.7: Unbind your Spaces Key
Authored by: Michelasso on Aug 24, '11 07:05:36AM

I was simply so sick of Mission Control, the Dock and the likes not behaving as they should that I just moved the whole ~/Library/Preferences to the Desktop and restarted my system!! :D

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