How can I change the keyboard shortcut to switch between next and previous tabs on Firefox on OS X?

  • Please accept the answer, I spent a considerable amount of time searching on Google, before it led me here (I was expecting a stackexchange answer from the start, but it took time until it surfaced). Dec 6 '13 at 23:05

updated for macOS and current Firefox.

  1. default shortcut: Command+Option+ and Command+Option+
  2. alternative shortcut: Ctrl+Tab and Ctrl+Shift+Tab
    this shows firefox tab switcher in current version
  3. alternative shortcut: Command+{ and Command+}
    this actually requires 3 keys to be pressed on US keyboard Command+Shift+{ and Command+Shift+} and may not work with other keyboard languages
  4. alternative shortcut: Ctrl+Page Up and Ctrl+Page Down
  5. you can also jump to tabs directly with Cmd+1, Cmd+2, Cmd+3, Cmd+4 etc.
  6. you can try a Firefox add-on focused on switching tabs which suits your needs: Add-ons browser
  7. just use a BetterTouchTool to remap any keystroke or mouse/trackpad gesture you want to already existing Command+Option+ and Command+Option+ keystrokes.

I personally prefer #7: Command+Option+ and Command+Option+ for switching tabs. I haven't modified Firefox at all and I used BetterTouchTool to remap keystrokes in every other app which uses other commands that these two. Now I can use Cmd+Option+ and Command+Option+ to switch tabs across all apps I use on Mac and it works great.

  • These work for me. Not sure why it was downvoted. You can also go directly to a tab by pressing cmd plus the number of the tab (ie, press cmd+1 to go straight to the first tab). Aug 14 '12 at 15:22
  • If my post answered your question, please mark the answer as accepted. You should accept answers every time it resolves your problem. By the way, what solution have you finally used?
    – babca
    Aug 19 '12 at 16:49
  • Another non-acceptor... Probably abandoned the question... The most annoying thing that happens here... @Downvoter could be... Just my 2¢...
    – user187717
    Apr 14 '13 at 9:41
  • @ChrisHerbert: Although cmd +# is available, it is useless when you have 20 tabs open. You can ergonomically manage as many using e.g. side tabs. Dec 6 '13 at 23:09
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    This doesn't seem to answer the question of changing the Switch Tab keyboard shortcuts in macOS.
    – pkamb
    May 15 '20 at 17:57

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