I am using Chrome on OS/X, on a Norwegian keyboard. I have set up Cmd+< as an OS/X keyboard shortcut for "Move focus to next window", which I use to cycle between windows in Chrome.

A while ago (maybe 6 months?), I noticed that the keyboard shortcut stopped working while I was in Gmail. Nothing happens in Gmail either. The shortcut is not listed in the Gmail keyboard shortcut list (which is shown if I do Shift+?), and it doesn't work if I disable keyboard shortcuts either. If I do Cmd+L to move focus to the address bar, the shortcut works again..

This is very frustrating since I use Gmail a lot, and I have to do a few extra keystrokes every time I switch window.

Any ideas on how this can be fixed in Gmail??

  • +1 for Swedish. This broke in Chrome more than a year ago. I'm thinking of leaving gmail for a desktop client because of this. I first need to switch tab before I can switch window. Really lame. Sep 11, 2013 at 13:28

3 Answers 3


In Settings > Labs section there's an experiment that allows you to set custom shortcuts.
Hope it is what you are looking for.

  • Unfortunately, no. It only lists the same shortcuts as shift+? and it doesn't list cmd+<.
    – andersaa
    May 21, 2013 at 8:35

The same here with a german keyboard. I did not find any solutions to get back a working CMD-< (or CMD-Backtick on english keyboards) shortcut in GMail. But I came up with a solution that involves getting accustomed to a new shortcut for cycling through application windows.

You can change this shortcut in System Preferences. Just go to System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts. Then choose "Keyboard & Text Input" on the left and change the shortcut for the "Move focus to next window in application" option to a shortcut you like. I chose ALT-TAB. (Of course, on a non-english system the wording is different.)

Now I can again cycle through the application windows. And I learned that the ALT-TAB shortcut is easier to use than CMD-< on my german keyboard.

  • The OP knows this already, and this doesn't answer the question he's asking Apr 16, 2014 at 15:51
  • There are two possible answers to his question. The first is: There is no solution, it's a Chrome bug. This may be the most correct answer, but it's completely useless. So I decided to give the second possible answer, which is of course a kind of workaround. I'm not sure the OP knows that he can change the CMD-< shortcut, cause this shortcut is the default on non-english keyboards.
    – z80crew
    Apr 17, 2014 at 14:45

There is a Chrome plugin called Shortcut Manager which can do this.


You can use it to create shortkeys.

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