It's bound to +`.

When I'm using the laptop's own keyboard it works fine, but when I work with HHKB, ` is just too far off. Can I add a secondary shortcut for the same Move focus to next window?

I'd like to do it with +esc if possible.

1 Answer 1


It can be done!

Option 1: Create a new shortcut using Keyboard Maestro


  • You can do what I've outlined here within the free trial of the app I believe, but I can't guarantee that'll always be the case.
  • I am not affiliated with Keyboard Maestro or advertising for them, I just happen to know that you can create system shortcuts using their app.


  1. Download and install the Keyboard Maestro Trial
  2. Once you open the app an editor window will appear. On the left you'll see folders, in the central column you'll see a bunch of actions, and if you click on one you'll see the configuration options for each action
  3. Click + on the bottom of the middle column to create a new action Click on + at the bottom of the centre column to create a new action
  4. Give your action a name
  5. The important bit Click on New Trigger and select Hot Key Trigger, then type ⌘ + esc to set it as the trigger.
  6. The other important bit Click on the box the says 'No Action', this brings up an action picker on the left
    • Type 'Keystroke' into the search box
    • Drag the action called 'Type a keystroke' into the actions box
    • Click where it says 'Simulate Keystroke' and tap ⌘ + ` Select Type a keystroke for the action and then tap ⌘ + '
  7. You'll need to allow Keyboard Maestro to start on startup for it to monitor things in the background (right click on app icon -> Options -> Open at Login)
  8. You now have an uncle called Robert

Option 2: Change the System Shortcut (This doesn't add a secondary sadly)

  1. Open System Preferences -> Keyboard

Click on Keyboard

  1. Then select the Shortcuts tab at the top
  2. Select Keyboard in the panel on the left
  3. Click on the ⌘' symbol next to Move focus to next window
  4. Type what you want it to be on your HHKB keyboard

Click on the current keys for the shortcut

  • 1
    Do you mean Robert?
    – Howlium
    Commented Aug 12, 2020 at 6:32
  • Thanks, but I'd like to keep the original shortcut and add another shortcut, so 2 shortcuts for one functionality.. is it possible?
    – eugene
    Commented Aug 12, 2020 at 7:31
  • You can do it with Keyboard Maestro! I'll edit the answer :)
    – stephan
    Commented Aug 13, 2020 at 0:10
  • @Avatron Yes I did mean Robert 🤦‍♂️ Thanks for pointing it out! 😅
    – stephan
    Commented Aug 13, 2020 at 0:59

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