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In Photoshop on Mac OS X I would like to program Command-Shift-[ and Command-Shift-] to switch between tabs (the different open files). I don't mind losing their functionality as Send-to-Front / Send-to-Back, but I can't figure out where I need to put them in on the "Keyboard Shortcuts and Menus" editor. Help!

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From a deleted answer: Photoshop already has keyboard shortcut Control + Tab to switch between tabs. – slhck Oct 24 '11 at 6:59
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This answer is not Photoshop-specific, but might work anyway, if it's a reasonably well-behaved OS X application.

If there are menu items for these commands (like Select Next Tab in Safari's Window menu), you can assign them different keyboard shortcuts in System Preferences » Keyboard » Keyboard Shortcuts » Application Shortcuts

Select the application (e.g. Safari), enter the menu item title (e.g. Select Next Tab) and enter the desired keyboard shortcut (e.g. Cmd-Shift-[).


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The same preference pane contains the OS X global shortcut for cycling through an application's windows:

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Change this setting to change it for all applications.

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I knew these things existed, but didn't think they would apply. After reading your solution I did have the idea that Photoshop was overriding the default actions for those keys, and so I should "unset" them in Photoshop, hoping they would function as they do in other applications. Unfortunately it didn't work. I wish I could use your method, but as far as I can tell the options are simply not in the menu anywhere. – cwd Jan 30 '11 at 21:50
@cwd The second suggestion also doesn't work with the global shortcut? I'm not a PS user, so I can't experiment myself. – Daniel Beck Jan 30 '11 at 22:00
I tried to define a Photoshop specific keyboard shortcut with method #2, but I got an error I also redefined the <code>Command-`</code> shortcut but it did not change the default behavior in Photoshop, as far as I can tell. I'm so used to using the Command combination in other apps to switch between windows - I wish Photoshop would let me set it up to do the same thing. – cwd Jan 31 '11 at 0:04
@cwd Interesting. I've honestly never encountered this before. I refer you to the second sentence of my answer for an explanation :-) Good luck! – Daniel Beck Jan 31 '11 at 0:11

Press Command (Control on Windows) and the ~ (the tilde key) Here is a link to more info:

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Please expand upon your answer—link-only answers aren't very useful by themselves and can become invalid if the linked page changes. – bwDraco Apr 15 '15 at 23:38

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