Mac OS X has an awesome feature called Mission Control. Mission Control lets you create more desktop spaces so you don’t have to worry about a cluttered desktop. You can also use these extra desktop spaces as a work flow. What I generally do is have my main work on Desktop 1. Then switch to Desktop 2 for the next step. Well I also have Desktop 3 for when I want to surf the internet and laugh at funny cat videos. In any case, no matter how you have your desktop spaces setup, you might need to switch to them quickly. Here are a couple of ways on how to switch between desktops in Mac OS X.
Switch Between Desktops in Mac OS X using a Magic Mouse or Trackpad
If you don’t have an integrated multitouch trackpad on your Macbook you can always buy a magic mouse or a trackpad. Both the mouse and trackpad offer multitouch gesture that let you quickly switch between desktop spaces. You just need to make sure you have them set up correctly.
To access your mouse or trackpad setting, simply go to the System Preferences by clicking the Apple logo in the upper left hand corner. Then click on System Preferences and select either the mouse or trackpad. In both menu items you will want to click More Gestures. On the More Gestures menu make sure the box is checked next to Swipe between full-screen apps. This will let you use either the mouse or trackpad gesture to scroll through your active desktop spaces. Below is an example of both of them.
The last method to switch between desktop spaces in Mac OS X is using a simple keyboard shortcut. On your keyboard press the Control key plus either the left or right arrow key. This will switch your desktops from either the right or left, depending on the arrow you press. This is handy if you do not have a multitouch trackpad or magic mouse available. I currently use this method on a Macbook Early 2008 (4,1) and it works really well.