Ideally, I'd like to be able to cmd+1 == first tab, cmd+2 == 2nd tab, so on and so forth.

How can I do this?


  • Another solution is posted here which directly creates these shortcuts. Oct 18, 2023 at 16:59

4 Answers 4


To move forward (Show Next Tab) through the tabs use the keyboard shortcut ControlTab, to move in the reverse direction (Show Previous Tab), use ControlShiftTab instead.

  • 1
    Thanks! Works in Safari and Terminal as well!
    – gue
    Apr 2, 2020 at 11:09

On a Mac, you can add custom keyboard shortcuts in

System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts

  • Pick App Shortcuts from the pane on the left
  • Add a new shortcut with the [+] button
  • In the popup, choose Finder as the Application
  • In Menu Title, enter the exact name of the Menu Options
    • In this case "Show Next Tab" and "Show Previous Tab"
  • Then perform the shortcut you want in the Keyboard Shortcut box
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    Just to confirm that you need to enter the exact name of the Menu Options which – in case your OS is set to a different language – needs to be translated accordingly (in my case German so "Show Next Tab" will be "Vorherigen Tab anzeigen" etc.)
    – Leander
    Nov 9, 2020 at 18:59

I'm not sure what you mean with "Finder Tabs".

If you mean to switch between a number of tabs in your Finder Window you can do this with CMD+Shift and Left or Right Arrow.

If you mean to switch between opened Finder Windows on your Desktop you can do it with STRG+F4 or CTRL+F4

You can change this Shortcuts in your Keyboard System Settings under the keyboard shortcuts Tab

  • Oh my gosh your my hero 😍finally my life makes sense again 😁
    – Can Rau
    Aug 22, 2019 at 17:34

The first answer is quite excellent. I want to add some more.

If you split different tabs into different windows, than you can use the shortcut Command-`(the button on the left of 1)and Command-Shift-` to switch between windows you’ve got open in your current application.

  • The shortcut is ⌘`, not ⌘~, and as you mention, this is for switching windows, not tabs.
    – grg
    Feb 26, 2017 at 10:39
  • @grgarside yeah, they are the same button and I said this to disambiguate. I personally find it really handy
    – Wang Ren
    Feb 26, 2017 at 10:41
  • I think @grgarside is saying your answer is wrong and you should edit it to be correct.
    – fsb
    Feb 26, 2017 at 14:53

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