I have recently switched from a PC to a Mac. I'm working a lot in PhpStorm and there use the keyboard shortcuts for Forward and Backwards, which on Windows are Ctrl+Alt+/.

Now I read that this is on Mac Cmd+[ and Cmd+]. Fine... but since I use a German keyboard, "]" is on Opt+6 and "[" is on Opt+5. Pressing Cmd+Opt+6 does not navigate me Forward nor Backward.

Is there a meant-to-be solution for this problem? Or am I supposed to actually reconfigure my keyboard to find something that actually works? There must be more people like me having this problem, so I'm curious about what solutions exist.

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I don't know for your exact situation, but very often this kind of command stays in the same physical location, even if the letters typed would be different - see Shortcut for toggling between different windows of same app? for a similar situation [that one, however, is compounded by the fact US keyboards are missing the key immediately right of the left shift key, to make it universally true].
I'd definitely try Cmd + the two keys to the right of P, which is where the [ & ] keys are on an English layout.

If you are running Safari, you can check for this visually in the History menu. This is on a UK English system…

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