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10.7: Mission Control with older keyboards System 10.7
No matter what Mission Control key combination settings exist and what type of keyboard is in use, Esc activates the selected Desktop (Space) in Mission Control.

When using my MacBook Pro's internal keyboard, I can use F3 to activate Mission Control, select a Desktop with Control+left or right arrow, then press F3 again to activate the selected Desktop. Sometimes I use an older Apple Extended Keyboard which doesn't support that use of F3, so default settings allow me to use Control+up arrow to activate Mission Control.

In that situation I can leave the Control key down during the process of activating Mission Control and selecting a Desktop (requiring Control+left or right arrow), but I have to release and press it again to use the Control+up arrow shortcut to activate the selected Desktop.

Although I might have expected the Esc key to cancel the selection of a different Desktop in Mission Control and activate the Desktop previously in use, I discovered that it instead activates the selected Desktop as well, regardless of other Mission Control key combination settings.

[crarko adds: This is more confusing to read than it is to do. The main point is that the Escape key will activate the selected Space.]
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10.7: Mission Control with older keyboards
Authored by: Michelasso on Oct 07, '11 02:28:06PM

Otherwise we can say that Escape exits (escapes…) Mission Control.

Anyway, one can do Option-click as well to select a different desktop. Or Control-"desktop number".

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10.7: Mission Control with older keyboards
Authored by: llee on Oct 08, '11 05:07:43PM

I don't agree at all that Escape escapes Mission Control. If it did, then it would return you to the Space you were in when Mission Control was activated whether or not you selected a different Space while Mission Control was active.

If you're going to click while in Mission Control, then any use of the keyboard is moot.

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10.7: Mission Control with older keyboards
Authored by: Michelasso on Oct 09, '11 03:16:02AM

I don't think there is any way to go back to the original desktop. i.e. the one active when we entered MC. Escape does the same of every other "command" available. Like control-up, or using the hotcorners. Once a desktop is active that it the current desktop.

Regarding Alt-click I just mentioned it as an additional information. I opened an Enhancement Request to have right-click (Control-click, two fingers-click in the old trackpad) working with it. It would make life much easier, but Apple doesn't seem to listen.

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