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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Changing tab in the new Safari 3!

There is a new way to change tab in the new Safari 3 that is included with Leopard that makes it much easier.  There was already a shortcut for changing tab that worked in Safari 2 and the beta of Safari 3.  The shortcut was "Command - Shift - Left or right arrow".  That still works, but the disadvantage is that it doesn't work if your cursor is in a text box.  The more standard shortcut that also works in Camino and Firefox is "Option - Command - Right or left arrow".  This really cool shortcut that works even though you are in a text box now finally works in the Leopard version of Safari.  


Blogger Unknown said...


I found your website today and I really like your focus.

I tried your tip for Safari 3 tabs.

"Option - Command - Right or left arrow"., and this key combination does not work at all for me.

I use the key combination of " Command - Shift - Right or Left Bracket". This seems to work even if the cursur is in a text box on a website.


October 31, 2007 at 12:00 AM  
Blogger Frederic Tremblay said...

Are you on Leopard?

October 31, 2007 at 12:37 AM  
Blogger dean16 said...

Hi, I have to agree with kanoo. I'm using Leopard, and your shortcut doesn't work for switching tabs. It has the same effect as hitting Command + Right/Left Arrow, which will show the previous page or the next page in Safari.

kanoo's shortcut works for me, though.

October 31, 2007 at 2:50 AM  
Blogger Georgios said...

If your cursor is in a text field you can always use shift, command ad right or left square brackets to move between tabs.

October 31, 2007 at 5:05 AM  
Blogger Georgios said...

ops that had already been mentioned by Michael! Sorry dude, didn't see that!

October 31, 2007 at 5:06 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

Yeah, this doesn't work. I hate having to hold down Command and Shift AND hitting another key... I wish it could just be Command and one other key - like Firefox (Commmand + 1 opens first tab, Command + 2 opens the second tab, etc.)

October 31, 2007 at 8:39 AM  
Blogger Monkeywiz said...

It's a shame you can't just ctrl-tab though the tabs (ctrl-shift-tab to back scroll) like you can in firefox.

October 31, 2007 at 9:10 AM  
Blogger Thomas said...

same goes for Camino...

October 31, 2007 at 10:13 AM  
Blogger James Ives said...

I'm running Leopard and it doesn't work for me either. Does anyone know of a keyboard shortcut (other then holding down the title bar and crtl + arrow) to move a window to another space?

October 31, 2007 at 11:34 AM  
Blogger Luc said...

If you have cocoasuite, then you can program the menu shortcuts of command-shift-left/right arrow to command-option-right/left arrow. It works fine, and even if you don't have leopard, it does it in a text box.

October 31, 2007 at 11:53 AM  
Blogger Sheffield said...

i dunno about keyboard shortcuts, but you can move a window by just dragging it to the edge of your screen. if you wait a few seconds, it'll shift to whatever space you're moving toward.

October 31, 2007 at 1:14 PM  
Blogger sweetguy said...

The CMD-Opt-Shift-Arrow shortcut works for me on my Macbook with Leopard. I'm really glad too, because it was driving me up the f'ing wall !

Thanks for the tip !

November 11, 2007 at 2:34 PM  
Blogger viajeiro said...

Hi all,

i have macos 10.4 with safari 3.1 and it is so simple to move across tabs... just use Command+ Arrow!

Just like that!

(off course it doesnt work in text boxes)


March 19, 2008 at 11:00 AM  
Blogger said...

I'm using OS X 10.6.1 with Safari 4.0.3.

The current shortcut for switching tabs is


This is not according to the shortcut listed in "Window" menu in Safari. There is says to use Control+arrow to switch. But that is generally already assigned to Spaces.

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