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How to Use Keyboard Shortcuts to Navigate Tabs in Safari on macOS

Did you know you can use keyboard shortcuts to navigate tabs in the Safari web browser of macOS? Well, you can.

Just hold down Command + Shift, then tap the Left and Right arrow keys move through through the browser tabs from left to right or right to left. Or you can hold down Command + Shift, then tap the Open or Close Bracket keys to move through the browser tabs from left to right or right to left.

Apple says that keyboard shortcuts in apps may vary depending on the language and keyboard layout you’re using on your Mac. If the shortcuts from Apple don’t work as you expect, look in the app menus in the menu bar to see the correct shortcuts. You can also use the Keyboard Viewer to see your current keyboard layout, known as an input source.

Keyboard Viewer
Keyboard Viewer

The Keyboard Viewer uses the macOS Accessibility Keyboard, which provides advanced typing (such as typing suggestions) and navigation features. To use it:

° Click the Input menu in the menu bar, then choose Show Keyboard Viewer.

° If the command doesn’t appear, choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, click Keyboard, click Input Sources, then choose “Show Input menu in menu bar.”

° Click the Input menu in the menu bar, then choose the input source for the language whose keyboard you want to view.

° Press the key on your keyboard that corresponds to the character shown in the Keyboard Viewer, or click keys in the Keyboard Viewer.

° Press a modifier key, or a combination of modifier keys, to see special characters or symbols you can type. 

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis has over 40 years of journalism experience and has written hundreds of articles. For the past 20-plus years, he's been an online journalist, covering mainly Apple Inc. He's written for MacCentral, MacWorld, MacMinute, Macsimum News, Apple Daily Report, and is now contributing editor at Apple World Today.
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  • That’s perverse. Ctrl-(Shift-)tab is the method I’ve always used, and in fact is the key combo shown right in the Window menu…!

    And works for all tabbed apps, not just Safari…