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

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


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.


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

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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