Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

This has got to be possible - I just don't see it: how do you change from one tab to another in Opera with the keyboard?

share|improve this question
How are you doing it in other browsers? – random Mar 12 '10 at 1:40
Ctrl-Tab works in Firefox on the Mac, but not Opera. Oddly enough, as I found from looking around after John T's answer, on the Mac it's Option-Tab. – warren Mar 12 '10 at 15:12
up vote 6 down vote accepted

If you are looking for keyboard shortcuts, then Ctrl + Tab will move to the next tab, and Ctrl + Shift + Tab will move to the previous tab.

share|improve this answer
Aha - that had been disabled somehow or other. Thanks :) – warren Mar 12 '10 at 3:10

Under Preferences -> Advanced -> Shortcuts you can also enable single key shortcuts. You can then use 1 and 2 on your keyboard to cycle forward and backward through tabs.

share|improve this answer
Do this, it's really amazingly convenient. I have 1 & 2 mapped to buttons on the side of my mouse, I use it so much. – Fake Name Mar 12 '10 at 1:49
@Fake Name - I totally agree, I map the mouse left and right tilt-wheel buttons to switch to the left or right tab. – sblair Mar 14 '10 at 3:11
that's really handy! All the answers given are valid, but this one is cool :) – warren Mar 18 '10 at 19:54
Be aware this only works on the older non-Chrome version of Opera. As far as I know the newer Opera doesn't support Ctrl+<1-9> for tab selection, nor custom keyboard shortcuts. – o01 Sep 27 '14 at 13:16

You can also use mouse gestures: Cycle through open tabs -> Hold right button, roll mouse wheel

share|improve this answer

And on the Mac it's option-tab.

(thanks John T for the pointer on where to look)

share|improve this answer

Another simpler way is to use the key "2" to go to the next tab and the key "1" to go to the previous tab.

Works on Opera 9.63 (Build 2474 for Linux)

ps: Though I wonder why it is the other way round on the official documentation page (perhaps the version number is different but still...)

share|improve this answer
That's what John T said, too :0)… – warren Jul 2 '10 at 14:12

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.