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Switching between applications is easy with command-tab.

Switching between tabs is easy with command-} or control-tab.

Switching between separate windows within an application is easy with command-`.

However, that last one doesn't seem to work with Google Chrome (Version 27.0.1453.110) on OS X 10.8.4. Is there a leopard shortcut specific for Chrome to switch between different windows?

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⌘ Cmd+` works for me with the same versions of Chrome and OS X, so it might be something specific to your installation.

You could try temporarily resetting Chrome's preferences or disabling extensions. Or change the shortcut from System Preferences or test if it works on a different account.

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You're right... it does work. The problem is with OSX spaces. If I have two chrome windows open in the same space, CMD + ` switches between those windows. However, if I move chrome, or any other application, to two or more spaces, CMD + ` does not switch between those windows. I'm going to mark this as the answer since it does answer my question. I'll create a new question regarding switching between windows in different spaces. – Kris Anderson Jun 13 '13 at 21:34
You guys save life time for me!!! it's awesome – dan zen Sep 28 '14 at 1:48
@KrisAnderson, did you manage to ask that question somewhere? I'm struggling with the same problem. – Rafał Cieślak Dec 2 '14 at 20:23
@KrisAnderson, would you mind sharing the new question you mentionned regarding switching between windows in different spaces. – Xexiz May 15 '15 at 15:35

For those using Snow Leopard 10.6.8, these options can be set under the OSX "System Preferences" > Keyboard > "Keyboard Shortcuts" Tab > "Keyboard and Text Input".

Apparently, by default Cmd+` is set to "Move focus to next window in appl...". However, this shortcut doesn't work for me because my keyboard is Japanese, and therefore I need to press Shift to access the `. It turns out that OSX always receives a Shift+Cmd+@. So, what I did was to replace that shortcut with Cmd+@ and now it works.

Hope that helps people having similar issues.

PS: You can use the "Move focus to active or next window", which defaults to Ctrl+F4, Shift+Ctrl+F4 for the previous window.

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This worked for me.. thank you very much! – Firas Rassas Nov 1 '15 at 8:57

@Hugo Chrome allows to set up more users to get more "environments" inside your chrome (bookmarks, opened tabs, session and so forth). it's very useful to split your business and private browsing.

So, ⌘ Cmd-Shift-M is very useful. :)

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Welcome to Ask Different! This does not provide an answer to the question—leave a comment once you have sufficient reputation. – grgarside May 24 '14 at 11:19
This doesn't address the question asked in any way... Would have been a down-vote if I had the reputation on this SE site for it. – josiah May 1 '15 at 14:21
@Jehu, Hmm, there seems to be no way to switch between these "environments" when they have more than one windows. – Pacerier Jul 15 '15 at 15:03

Control + F4 will switch back & forth between open chrome browsers but only after configuring the Function keys to only work with Fn key in System Preferences > keyboard options.

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This cycles between all windows. So it would work if you only had two chrome windows open. – Håvard Geithus Dec 11 '15 at 23:24

Interestingly, the ⌘ Cmd-` shortcut doesn't work for me (Chrome 38.0 on Mac OS X 10.9.50).

But ⌘ Cmd-F1 seems to work instead (and works for other apps too).

Though, again, it doesn't work if the windows are spread across desktops/spaces.

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CMD+F1 does nothing. Tested in Google Chrome 48 in El Capitan. – kenorb Mar 7 at 6:44

So I found what was , for me , the real problem. I went into System Preferences" > Keyboard > "Keyboard Shortcuts" Tab > "Keyboard and Text Input and I found this:

Sorry for Italian lang.

Sorry for Italian lang.

Start from bottom, third row. Have attention for cmd + ' at first it was cmd + `

So I simply changed it and now It works perfectly.

Hope this can help.

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To show Chrome windows (this applies to other apps as well) press: Control- (arrow down).

Active windows of the current application would be shown larger (if you've multiple monitors, they will show on other screen as well), including minimized at the bottom.

From there, use arrow keys to switch between different windows and confirm your selection with Enter or Space (to switch between all apps press Tab).

Above tested on El Capitan (10.11).

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This issue is so annoying for me, and today I finally got it resolved! So, in hope to help some poor soul like myself, I want to share what I did:


  • Go to System Preference --> Keyboard --> Shortcuts tab --> Move focus to next window
  • Set it to + `
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To switch between users in Chrome, use ⌘ Cmd-Shift-M and then use your arrow keys to select the user you want and hit Enter.

This isn't as fast as a key combination normally is but it is quicker than using the mouse. To see where this key combination comes from see Chrome's support forum.

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Chrome users? What is that? The command doesnt do anything for me – Hugo Nov 27 '13 at 13:14

I'm using Mavericks and CMD+` does not work for me. However, CMD+. does.

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CMD+. does nothing. Tested in Google Chrome 48 in El Capitan. – kenorb Mar 7 at 6:45

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