I've just started running El Capitan (10.11.5) and one of my favorite keyboard shortcuts seems to have disappeared: the keyboard shortcut that let you move between windows within the same application. It used to be Cmd ⌘ ` (tilde) but now that shortcut doesn't work and I can't figure out how to get it back.

Any ideas? Thank you in advance.

  • I think that's a 'backtick', not a tilde - that's the accent that goes over the n in mañana... on its own, ~
    – Tetsujin
    Jul 28, 2016 at 20:32

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The Keyboard item in System Preferences has a Shortcuts tab. The Keyboard item in the Shortcuts tab has one item labeled Move focus to next window. The binding for that has a ` rather than a ~ (with the Cmd ⌘ key; I don't know how to type a cloverleaf), but either binding has the same effect for me (that box is checked on my Mac).

It's possible you simply need to check that box; in any case, that seems like the first place to look.

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    I changed the commands to 'Ask Different standard' & added the cover-leaf for you :) I actually have it as a shortcut in System Prefs > Keyboard > Text [I also have the Ask Different standard key command syntax in there] Check my edit to see how it's done
    – Tetsujin
    Jul 28, 2016 at 20:29
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    I appreciate the assistance with my answer. Thanks! Jul 28, 2016 at 20:31

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