The Ultimate Guide for switching from a PC to a Mac
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Sunday, July 15, 2007

Back and forward in a web browser!

A great tip submitted by Charles S. Branch: Back and forward in a web browser! When you are browsing the web and you want to go back or forward, instead of bringing your mouse all the way to the top bar, you can use a simple keyboard shortcut. The keyboard shortcut works in all Safari, Firefox and Camino. To use it, the cursor mustn't be in any text box. So if it doesn't work, make sure you are not in a text box. The shortcut is "Command-Left arrow" and "Command-Right arrow". What I noticed is that Firefox performs this operation much more quickly than Safari. It is as though Safari has to reload the page (it takes less time to load the page because part of it is in the cache). Camino is pretty fast, but not as fast as Firefox. Thanks for the great tip Charles!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been using this shortcut for a while now, ever since I stumbled upon it. It's great, but I wish it worked the same way in the Finder... Are there any similar shortcuts for it?

July 14, 2007 at 9:26 PM  
Blogger Ramón said...

In finder: Apple plus left and right brackets will work

July 14, 2007 at 9:57 PM  
Blogger argentinagringo said...

Also if you aren't in a text box you can just hit delete to go back, at least that works in firefox, i don't know about safari or camino.

July 14, 2007 at 11:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are many ways to do this in Safari. I've always used delete to go back, and shift+delete to go forward.

July 15, 2007 at 12:29 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I use mouse's right button, point it at an open (no image, no links) area and click the right button, you will see a list of options. If you are using the touch pad, use secondary click function (tap trackpad using two fingers - you have to activate this function in System Preferences, my MacBook Pro has this function but iBook G4 doesn't, don't know why).

July 15, 2007 at 4:08 AM  
Blogger Monkeywiz said...

I've always used apple and square brackets, certainly works in firefox, not tried it in anything else.

July 15, 2007 at 4:52 AM  
Blogger Rob Kraut said...

How about a keyboard shortcut for switching tabs?! I miss command-tabbing to the other window... but I love tabs...oh so tormented in my surfing.

July 15, 2007 at 4:54 AM  
Blogger MichaK said...

for switching tabs hit ctrl-tab in firefox. it doesn't work in safari

July 15, 2007 at 5:44 AM  
Blogger Lindenguard said...

Or just use a Logitech Mouse with Back/Forward buttons on the side.

They work with OS X too.

July 15, 2007 at 6:05 AM  
Blogger DKwan said...

To switch tabs, cmd+option left/right.

July 15, 2007 at 6:36 AM  
Blogger DKwan said...

My last comment was for Firefox. I don't know how in Safari.

July 15, 2007 at 6:38 AM  
Blogger Pierre said...

MacGeek, is there a way to send you an email somewhere? i was thinking about something?

July 15, 2007 at 6:50 AM  
Blogger Bondhus said...

To cycle through tabs in Safari: cmd+shift+bracket

July 15, 2007 at 11:16 AM  
Blogger SmilyFacedGurl said...

to switch between tabs:
if you want to switch between programs ie, Safari and AIM use apple plus tab
to switch between windows in the same program ie, if you have 2 windows up in Safari use apple plus the key that makes ` or ~ in the top left of the key board

July 15, 2007 at 1:06 PM  
Blogger Oliver said...

To sum up all the comments into one.

To go back and forward you can hit:

Cmd-Shift-Left/Right Arrow
Cmd-Left/Right Bracket
Delete/shift delete

To switch between tabs hit:
Cmd-Shift-Left/Right Arrow
Cmd-Shift-Left/Right Bracket

To switch between windows:
Cmd-Tilde Key (Here's an explanation.)

To switch between applications:

There you go, and easy explanation of what everybody has said.
My Mac-Tipping Blog

July 15, 2007 at 1:34 PM  
Blogger Doug Clark said...

in finder:
use command+up to go up a level (back a folder)
user command+down to go down a level (into a folder or starting a program)

in firefox:
besides command+option+left/right to switch tabs, use ctrl+pageup/pagedown to do the same thing. on a macbook/mbp, ctrl+fn+pageup/pagedown.

July 15, 2007 at 1:36 PM  
Blogger Jackiie said...

Or, to choose a significant tab in FireFox, you could use apple+[INSERT NUMBER]. Insert the number of the tab you want to jump to.


July 15, 2007 at 2:07 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

If your cursor is in a text field, command +[ open bracket or ] close braket will take you back or forward.

July 15, 2007 at 7:14 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This has been the most useful of comments. I'm glad this blog attracts such quality people (and sorry I couldn't contribute anything constructive to this post).

July 21, 2007 at 10:52 PM  

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