On Sierra's Terminal Command1, Command2, etc. would switch between different Terminal windows. Now it switches between tabs within the same window. Yes, I could use Command`to cycle between the windows, however, but I want back the previous functionality.


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The Terminal settings allow you to escape this hell.

Terminal > Preferences (or Cmd-,) > General:

Second to last item: "Use Cmd-1 through Cmd-9 to switch tabs"

Unselect this option and it all goes back to how it was before!

  • I am so grateful. I completely missed that setting in Terminal. I was instead trying to figure out how to do the mapping through System Preference -> Keyboard -> Shortcuts (failed) or looking for settings in Terminal -> Preferences -> Profile. Commented Nov 27, 2017 at 9:56
  • I was trying the same. Then, somehow, had the glorious idea to search in the settings... et voilà!
    – C König
    Commented Nov 28, 2017 at 11:02
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    Actually if you have multiple tabs open in window 1 and you are currently in window 2, and switch back to window 1 using cmd 1 it automatically brings the focus to the first tab in window 1 even if a different tab is forward on window 1. That is almost equally annoying. Commented Dec 6, 2017 at 9:12
  • I noticed that as well. So far I can live with that but I'm considering trying iTerm2.
    – C König
    Commented Dec 8, 2017 at 9:34
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    I saw this option as well and despite making sure they're unchecked, the behavior is still not the same, as reported by @irritable_phd_syndrom. Why would Apple's engineers knowingly complicate something that was previous uncomplicated? Now I have to second-guess all of my keyboard shortcuts in Terminal, which is the application whose shortcut keys I have most committed to motor memory. It's like learning how to walk all over again. Die, Apple, die.
    – Aquarelle
    Commented Mar 19, 2018 at 19:59

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