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I am trying to switch between tabs within the same window in apps running on my MacBook Air.

What keyboard shortcut can I use to perform the switch conveniently?

  • For which program? – iTunes May 13 '18 at 16:26
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A universal keyboard shortcut is Command + { to tab towards left and Command + } to tab towards right. (You'll need to press and hold Shift key, to enter { and } key).

This shortcut works with almost all the apps that I personally use, which support multiple tabs under a single window. A few examples include: Apple's own apps such as:

  • Safari

  • Maps

  • Preview

  • Terminal

  • Xcode

as well as 3rd party apps such as:

  • Sublime Text

  • Google Chrome

  • Firefox

  • Opera

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Use Command + Shift + to go to the left tab and Command + Shift + to go the to right tab.

This works in both Finder and Safari. It could be other combinations for other programs.

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In general, there is no Universal way to do this, unless you're content to do all your work in Safari and Finder (as @iTunes said).

Even terminal has a different scheme for switching (Command + `).

In Firefox and Chrome, it's Command + Option + and Command + Option + .

  • @NimeshNeema: Thanks for the edit; I only recently learned of the <kbd> tag. It seems to be unique to this SE site. I'm curious if that's documented anywhere; I ordinarily refer to this page as my guide, but it's not listed here. – Seamus Aug 14 '18 at 17:51
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Control + Tab works in a lot of applications, including Safari, Firefox, Finder, and Terminal. It's also cross-platform - works on Windows as well to switch between program tabs. Holding down Shift reverses order (right-to-left instead of left-to-right).

  • Frankly I am surprised that there are SO MANY other ways to do this - I've only ever used the combo above, didn't know the others listed in this thread even existed... – dr.nixon Dec 10 '18 at 17:06

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