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Quite frequently the shortcut to "select previous tab" in Safari does not trigger. Unfortunately, I've not been able to see a pattern of when this happens. Restarting Safari usually (always?) helps.

The shortcut is ctrl++.

  • How can troubleshoot this problem?
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I've never experienced this in Safari, and I expect there is some sort of conflicting shortcut. Either that, or "quite frequently" your mouse focus is in Flash or Java, and shortcuts aren't being sent to the browser (which doesn't seem terribly likely given the frequency).

Due to having switched to Safari after several years in a row of using Chrome and Firefox, I've set the Previous/Next Tab commands to ++/, using System Preferences. Again, I've never had any issues with switching, so I'd suggest (if you're willing, and can't find the source of the problem) to set it to another shortcut you can remember.

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Good idea! I'll try it and see how it goes... – gentmatt Mar 10 '12 at 15:00
Your assumption about flash was correct :) Damn you Adobe! – gentmatt Mar 10 '12 at 15:02
This is really weird: The standard shortcuts do not work sometimes due to flash. But the custom shortcuts always work. – gentmatt Mar 10 '12 at 15:04
Or to quote @jaberg: "Dear Adobe. Thanks for PostScript. Thanks for Photoshop 7. Thanks for PDF. Now please go away." – timothymh Mar 10 '12 at 15:27
If I had to guess about the custom shortcuts, it would be because whatever is seeing your keystrokes comes "in front" of Flash, because it overrides the default shortcuts. Just a guess though. – timothymh Mar 10 '12 at 15:28

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