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Is there a way to make Cmd+1 switch to the first tab, Cmd+2 to switch to the second and so on..?

I'd much rather not use SIMBL..

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As an aside: Ctrl-Tab goes to the next tab. – Arjan May 8 '10 at 16:38
    
wow, this is so annoying. wish there was a simpler way than the ones listed below as of 7/2011. – cwd Jul 7 '11 at 19:18
    
FWIW, I've been using Chrome which uses Cmd+1..9 for switching tabs, and a few other things I missed from Firefox (like middle-clicking tabs to close them) – dbr Mar 8 '12 at 12:56

One (still relatively hacky) option would be to assign shortcuts to AppleScripts like this:

tell app "Safari" to tell window 1 to set current tab to tab 1

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tell app "Safari" to tell window 1 to set current tab to last tab

You could use Automator services or third party apps like FastScripts or Keyboard Maestro to assign the shortcuts.

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Without FastScripts, one could go nuts by registering a handler for a dedicated URL protocol. Then, in Safari, bookmarks those tabx:// links in the first 9 slots of the bookmarks bar. ;-) Or, less adventuristic: create an Automator "service", like described in How can I program the function keys on my MacBook? – Arjan May 8 '10 at 17:03
    
You can also use QuickSilver to associate a keyboard shortcut to an AppleScript, see this question for more details. – edymtt Dec 31 '12 at 9:06

Check this new plugin (OSX Lion only):

Safari Tab Switching is a Safari SIMBL plugin which allow switching between tabs using Cmd+1-9.

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The user doesn't want a simbl plugin. – Daniel Beck Jul 10 '11 at 19:06

Technically, there is no real non-hacky solution, but you can always use cmd + shift + (left or right arrow key) to switch the tab on the left or the tab on the right. I've always found that useful.

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You want to use https://github.com/rs/SafariTabSwitching . If you find it does not work on later versions of OSX or Safari (I have it running on v8), you can look at https://github.com/rs/SafariTabSwitching/issues/27

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