I would like to know if there is a way to switch tabs in Safari with the shortcut used in Chrome (⌘ + ⌥ + Arrow).

Right now with OS X El Capitan, you can switch between tabs but just up to the 9th one with ⌘ + number.

I find it way much easier to switch tabs with the arrows compared to the numbers plus you can get to all the tabs instead of the nine first ones.

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You can use ctrl + tab to switch to the next tab (equivalent to ⌘ + ⌥ + >) and ctrl + shift + tab to switch to the previous tab (equivalent to ⌘ + ⌥ + <).

You can use this on Safari, Chrome and Firefox, basically with any app that has tabs.

  • Awesome! Great reply, right to the point. Now my life is much easier.
    – Alex
    Commented Oct 16, 2015 at 16:10
  • happy to help :)
    – enzo
    Commented Oct 16, 2015 at 16:10

Go to system preference > keyboard > Shortcuts. Choose "App shortcuts" then press the + button. You can add a shortcut to Safari by selecting it, type the exact command you want as it appears in the menu "Show Previous Tab" then enter the shortcut you want.

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