How To Navigate Tabs in Safari Using Just the Mac Keyboard

Posted in How To, Mac, macOS on 12/04/2017 by Chris Hauk

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One of my favorite features in the Mac version of the Safari web browser is the ability to have multiple tabs open at once. The ability to keep multiple websites open at once is a great time-saver. Here’s how to switch between multiple tabs in Safari, without ever needing to touch your Mouse or trackpad.

How To Navigate Tabs in Safari Using Just the Mac Keyboard

How To Navigate Tabs in Safari With Just the Mac Keyboard

Hold down Command + Shift and then tap the Left and Right arrow keys move through through the browser tabs from left to right or right to left.

How To Navigate Tabs in Safari Using Just the Mac Keyboard

You can also do the same thing by holding down Command + Shift and then tapping the Open or Close Bracket keys to move through the browser tabs from left to right or right to left.

How To Navigate Tabs in Safari Using Just the Mac Keyboard

Hold down the Control key, and then tap the Tab key to move through the browser tabs from left to right.

How To Navigate Tabs in Safari Using Just the Mac Keyboard

Hold down Control + Shift and then tap the Tab key to move through the Tabs in reverse order from right to left.

How To Navigate Tabs in Safari Using Just the Mac Keyboard

Bonus tip: You can also jump directly to a tab in Safari by holding down the Command (CMD) key and pressing the number of the tab you’d like to jump directly to. CMD + 1 would go to the first open tab, CMD + 2 jumps to the second open tab, and so on…

(This “how to” is an update to the one we published back in 2011.)

For more tips and tricks on how to make better use of your Mac, iOS device, Apple Watch, or Apple TV, be sure to visit the “How To” section of our website.


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Chris Hauk

MacTrast Senior Editor, and self-described "magnificent bastard," Chris Hauk owns Phoenix Rising Services and writes for everyone's favorite "bad movie" website, Big Bad Drive-In.

His first Apple product was an iPod Classic 9 years ago, and he has since added a MacBook Pro, a number of iPads, iPhones, and multiple Apple TVs to his collection.

He lives somewhere in the deep Southern part of America. Yes, he has to pump in both sunshine and the Internet.