Most Chrome shortcuts I use, use the command key: command+T, command+W, etc. However, the shortcut for switching tabs is control+tab (and control+shift+tab). I'd like to have all Chrome shortcuts use command.

There are 2 issues:

  1. How do I disable macOS's native behavior, which is to switch apps using command+tab (and command+shift+tab)?
  2. How do I get chrome to switch tabs using command+tab (and command+shift+tab), instead of control?
  • Is there a reason why you cant use control + tab and control + shift + tab instead? Sep 24, 2020 at 16:22
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    I want to use the same key for all shortcuts in Chrome: commant+T, command+W, command+tab, etc. I don't mind having using control for everything instead (because I can flip control and command in macOS), the important thing is to keep it consistent.
    – ldmat
    Sep 24, 2020 at 17:29

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According to Apple: "[...] you cannot define keyboard shortcuts for general purpose tasks such as opening an app or switching between apps."


However you can use custom Chrome shortcuts using an extension: https://apple.stackexchange.com/a/341531/197509

I wouldn't bother tho. This behaviour is consistent if you think that Finder uses the same keys regarding tabs, and pretty much any app will follow the same pattern. Getting used with a different scheme will annoy you whenever you sit on another computer. It is way more efficient to just teach your brain to adapt.

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