By default, in chrome for mac, the command key acts like ctrl in windows. You use command + t to open a new tab and command+w to close tabs. However, to switch between tabs you have to use ctrl+tab. This inconsistency is very uncomfortable, especially for people so used to Windows computers. I am aware that I can switch the ctrl and command key functions in system preferences, but that doesn't help this situation.

I need all of the 3 functions I mentioned above use either command or ctrl key. Is this possible?

I think to switch "tabs" or "instances" within an application is a system shortcut, but I couldn't find where to set it.

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It's that way round because - in the same Windows-equivalent way - Cmd ⌘ Tab ⇥ is the system-wide shortcut to switch applications.

The tabbing functionality was a very much later addition, within just the past few years.

Oddly, Chrome's own menu states that Cmd ⌘ Opt ⌥ Tab ⇥ should be the shortcut… but it doesn't work.

For most menu commands, you can change their defaults from System Prefs > Keyboard > Shortcuts > App Shortcuts - but you cannot use Cmd ⌘ Tab ⇥ as a replacement.

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