For example, in the Keyboard preferences window in System Preferences -> Keyboard, there's two tabs (or at least the equivalent for Windows) called Keyboard and Keyboard Shortcuts. Is there a hotkey to switch between these two ?

  • You can tab to the bar and use the arrow keys to select the tab you want (hit space or wait a second and it will swap to it). Other than that, I have found OSX terribly lacking in keyboard shortcut possibilities. – Kevin Jun 20 '13 at 3:05
  • Better example, I'm in the Get Info window of a media file in iTunes, and I want to switch between 'Summary', 'Info', 'Video', 'Sorting', 'Options', 'Lyrics' and 'Artwork' with a keystroke. What do you call those things ? Because apparently there's a lot of ambiguity out there with the word 'Tabs' (I'm looking at you Lenwood) – Alex Marshall Jun 26 '13 at 22:32

I'm not clear on your specific question. Here are a couple of shortcuts that may be helpful.

  • Command + Tab = switch between applications
  • Command + ~ = switch between windows of an application
  • CTRL + Tab = move forward through tabs (in same window)
  • CTRL + Shift + Tab = move backward through tabs (in same window)
  • See my example above in the comments under the original question. None of the keys mentioned in this answer work for switching between tabs in an OS window (Ctrl+(Shift+)Tab will work in Chrome tabs, but not OS window tabs) – Alex Marshall Jun 26 '13 at 22:33
  • Wow, that's a really good question. I'm not sure there's a keyboard shortcut to navigate between those tabs/windows/panes. Here's a list of all OS X keyboard shortcuts, I tried all of the ones that I could think of & came up with nothing. I tried a few other searches as well. If you find the answer please post back, I'm kinda curious about this now, too. – Lenwood Jun 27 '13 at 16:04

My personal favorite is to hold Command + Shift and then use [ to flip left through tabs and ] to flip right.

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    This is so much easier than CTRL + Tab and CTRL + Shift + Tab. Thanks! – Josh McKearin Nov 25 '18 at 16:51
  • Unfortunately this only works if the cursor is not in a text area. – v3nt Feb 3 at 13:32

I finally found the answer. You have to hit Command + [number of desired tab]. e.g. Command+1 takes you to the first 'tab', Command+2 the second, etc etc.


In Firefox on macOS:

  • Ctrl + PageUp and Ctrl + PageDown to switch tabs, and PageUp can be simulated with Fn + Up;
  • Command + 1 for first tab, etc; and
  • Command + 9 for last tab.

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