For some reason I can't use (Apple Meta Key / Apple Key) and Backtick aka ` to cycle through Windows anymore...

Trouble is I'm not sure when it quit working so I'm not sure if I created a conflict, but I've tried deleting prefs and searched around and can't seem to find anything on how to fix it.

It still works in Finder, and probably other apps, but not Safari and a few other apps (like my PDF reader...)

Any suggestions?


This has bugged me since i got my MacBook but have just managed to fix it by doing this:

"going to System Prefs, Keyboard & Mouse, Keyboard Shortcuts, Keyboard Navigation, and click on Move focus to next wondow in active application. There may be other shortcuts that you can restore there, too." taken from From http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1776080:

Then change the shortcut to apple key + `

Hope this helps as I know it's such a pain not being able to quickly switch between windows, particularly in Safari.

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    NOTE - This feature even if enabled in your system preferences may still not work even if you have opened multiple windows of same application in maximised mode ! – poorva Nov 3 '16 at 5:15
  • Still good in Mojave, now it's: Prefs -> Keyboard -> Shortcuts -> Keyboard. Thanks! – Dan Rosenstark Sep 24 '19 at 14:36

For those who have an international keyboard, the command might be assigned to a key combination that is not produced by the Cmd + ' (i.e. the button to the left from key "1"). This even if the original key combination looks correct on the screen. To fix this go to System Preferences -> Keyboard and reassign the "Move focus to next window" to Cmd + '. This on Mojave. Took a while to figure out what was wrong...

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