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I know that you can switch tabs with shift cmd [arrow key] in Mac Terminal, but it is painful to reach the arrow key. How can I change the default keybinding?

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Not quite programming-related enough for my tastes. –  Dana Mar 12 '09 at 21:00
@Dana: It may be: I do not know whether I need to change some rc files such as in the xmodmap case. –  Masi Mar 12 '09 at 21:08
Use the Cmd and Shift keys next to the arrow keys. –  Daniel Beck Sep 29 '11 at 6:24

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In what way does this answer the question? (I know the answer, but I don’t see how this helps anyone who didn’t already know how to customize menu item shortcut keys using System Preferences.) –  Chris Page Jun 14 '12 at 23:29
@ChrisPage Those are defaults. I haven't set up any special shortcut keys, and they are present in mine. –  Ben Mordecai Jan 31 '13 at 5:33
@BenMordecai So, if this answer had a written answer (rather than just a screenshot), it would read “by default there are already command keys that don’t use the arrow keys, so you don’t need to change the default keybinding”? I ask because the question appears to be “How can I change the default keybinding?”, which isn’t mentioned in this, the currently accepted answer. –  Chris Page Feb 1 '13 at 0:44
I just learned that you can change keybindings that appear on menus, and I've been using OS X for about 3 years. I think that step is not trivial. –  Jan Segre Aug 14 '14 at 5:01
The screenshot didn't help me att all. In fact it misled me. On top of that, I just cannot find any way to change the shortcut key for the Next and Previous go to tabs keys of the Terminal. Some one would give additional details on where to configure this change ? –  Stephane Eybert Mar 23 at 11:57

cmd brace will also switch tabs.

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You can change key bindings for almost all Cocoa apps in System Preferences, including

Go to System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > App Shortcuts, then add a new shortcut for Terminal (located in /Applications/Utilities).

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I'll try that, thanks! Using the default shortcuts is very cumbersome on a Macbook without mouse. –  user30033 Mar 17 '10 at 10:00
Where? I don't see anything under System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts. –  Ian Dunn May 2 at 0:16

1: Install SIMBL (plugin enabler):

2: Install the TerminalTabSwitching.bundle

git clone
cp -r terminaltabswitching/TerminalTabSwitching.bundle "/Library/Application Support/SIMBL/Plugins"

3: Restart the Terminal app, and enjoy Cmd+[0-9] tab-switching.

FYI: If something like plugin is not verified in terminal version # (a number) appears when you open your terminal again, maybe the following information can help.

(1) Open

/Library/Application\ Support/SIMBL/Plugins/Terminal/TerminalTabSwitching.bundle/Contents/Info.plist

using your favorite text editor under sudo.

(2) Search For <key>MaxBundleVersion</key>.

(3) Change <string>280</string> at next line to your terminal version number or higher like <string>300</string>. Save.

(4) Quit terminal and reopen it. Hopefully that prompt would disappear and you can use Cmd+[0:9] for tab switching.

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If you don't mind downloading new software, I recommend iTerm 2:

It not only allows rebinding keys almost arbitrarily plus fast switching between tabs with cmd+TabNumber (or your favorite meta key), but quite a few other nifty features as well.

(I would post a screen shot, but I'm new around here).

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Down-voted because it doesn’t really answer the question, and there’s nothing stopping the user from customizing the shortcuts in Terminal using System Preferences, the usual answer for this type of question. –  Chris Page Feb 1 '13 at 0:47

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