On my Macbook with a US-International physical keyboard, the windows of one application are cycled with CMD+`. Now I also use an iMac that has a German keyboard (the printing on the keys). I switched the layout to US-International, but weirdly, the windows of one application are now switched with CMD+> instead. This is exactly the key that would be in the same location as CMD+` would I be using the German keyboard layout. I am not using that layout, though and I don't want to cycle windows with CMD+>.

How can I customize this setting?

  • Just to clarify - the position of the key moves, depending on Language? or... you're conflicted because you want the key to be above Tab [US keyboard types] rather than left of Z [almost all other keyboard types]? See apple.stackexchange.com/questions/193937/…
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Jan 3, 2018 at 12:32
  • No matter the keyboard layout that is selected (in software), on this Mac <kbd>CMD</kbd>+<kbd>></kbd> switches the windows. If I (in software) select the german layout, then this is next to the left shift, if I select the US layout it is in the bottom right.
    – Thomas
    Commented Jan 3, 2018 at 13:33
  • To answer the question. I want it to be left of Z and use a US-International layout. For this the window switch needs to be evoked by "CMD+`". Currently it is evoked by CMD+>
    – Thomas
    Commented Jan 3, 2018 at 13:35
  • OK, then you're probably stuck - though you can pick a key, it's going to move with your language selection. There's a method to change the key in the last part of my answer on the linked QA
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Jan 3, 2018 at 13:36
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    – Tetsujin
    Commented Jan 3, 2018 at 13:47

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The language specific shortcuts are set up when the computer is first set up. In my case, the computer was set up in German and I only later switched it to English. Then the default hotkeys do not change. The desired behaviour (switching windows with CMD+' could be enabled by going to System Prefs > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Keyboard and then pressing "Restore defaults". In particular "Move focus to next window" changes then.

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