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Replace Safari's tab changing shortcuts in 1.3+ Web Browsers
With the introduction of Mac OS X 10.3.9 and 10.4, Safari's shortcuts for Next/Previous Tab have changed from Command-left/right arrow to Command-{ and -}. On a non-US keyboard, this is a huge step back for those of us that use it a lot. For instance, on a Danish keyboard, it equals command-option-shift-( and -) -- in other words, four keys!

But, you can change it back relatively easily. Simply use the global Keyboard Shortcuts in the Keyboard & Mouse preferences panel, and set up shortcuts for the two menu items in Safari (make sure Safari isn't running first). Click the '+' under the list, select Safari as the Application, type in the exact menu name (in your language), and set the shortcut to the one you prefer. Re-launch Safari and voila!

[robg adds: On US systems, the tab switching shortcut was shift-command and the arrow keys. In experimenting with Safari 1.3, I found it still works ... except on newly-created blank tabs (where the new shortcuts do work). I then went ahead and used the above method to officially change the shortcuts back, and they now work on all tabs again.]
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Replace Safari's tab changing shortcuts in 1.3+
Authored by: onbongos on Apr 21, '05 10:37:26AM

cmd-shift arrow keys are for selecting to beginning/end of line. something i do far, far more often than switching tabs from the keyboard. so i'm quite happy with the change.



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Replace Safari's tab changing shortcuts in 1.3+
Authored by: jolinwarren on Apr 21, '05 10:47:40AM

Though the standard Mac convention is that cmd-arrow (without the 'shift') should move to the beginning and end of lines. They could have used that and stuck with the old shortcuts. But I use iCab (cmd-shift-arrow to switch) and Camino (cmd-opt-arrow to switch), so what do I care. :-)



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Replace Safari's tab changing shortcuts in 1.3+
Authored by: playdrums on Apr 21, '05 11:22:13AM

Yes, this was the reason for the change. That is why the old shortcuts work unless the mouse focus is in a text field. Then the text selection functions use those key combinations.

Personally, I think in a web browser URL field, the text selection mechanisms aren't needed - they're more for Word Processing. But they felt the need to make the change anyway. I really feel that in a browsing environment, the arrow keys made more sense.



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Replace Safari's tab changing shortcuts in 1.3+
Authored by: sjmills on Apr 23, '05 12:26:06AM

Word processing? No way. I use command, option, and shift with the arrow keys everywhere for selecting text or moving the insertion point, even when renaming files in Finder. I always thought it was weird that they used those key equivs for switching tabs because they are more commonly used for text.

Hey, you a drummer? Me too.



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Replace Safari's tab changing shortcuts in 1.3+
Authored by: TvE on Apr 21, '05 11:02:51AM

Hej Jakob

Jeg har da ingen problemer med - stadig - at kunne bruge CMD-SHIFT-VENSTRE/HØJRE PIL for at skifte mellem TAB's i Safari, det må da vist være dig der har pillet ;-)

For the rest of you non-danes:
I am - still - able to use CMD-RIGHT/LEFT-ARROW to change between TABS in Safari ;-)



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Replace Safari's tab changing shortcuts in 1.3+
Authored by: nvdingo on Apr 21, '05 12:45:48PM

with the debug menu active, it still shows cmd-shift-arrows for switching tabs, and it still works on my newly updated safari



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Replace Safari's tab changing shortcuts in 1.3+
Authored by: maxotron on Apr 21, '05 01:03:45PM

Mine still works that way too, I have other applications that use the same shortcuts for tabs as Safari (Adium for example) and I would like to force FireFox to use the same shortcut, but I can't find the menu item. Anyone know if there's a way to force it? I'm not afraid to edit things, I just need a pointer on where to look



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Replace Safari's tab changing shortcuts in 1.3+
Authored by: Zo-1 on Apr 22, '05 01:06:16AM

Type "about:config" in the address field.



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Replace Safari's tab changing shortcuts in 1.3+
Authored by: marook on Apr 21, '05 06:50:47PM

Well, yes, the shortcuts still work IF you don't have an active text-area in focus. If the cursor is in a text area (Location bar, input field etc...) it's only the new ones working.

Well, I'm mostly on a PowerBook, changing Tab's all the time and not editing text, so this is what works for me. YMMW.. ;-)

Hej Thomas!

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/Marook



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Replace Safari's tab changing shortcuts in 1.3+
Authored by: gjh on Apr 21, '05 11:54:54AM

The reason for the change is that Safari now supports html edit mode. Microsoft invented it. Use the attribute CONTENTEDITABLE or the script variable contentEditable.

Here's microsoft's example...

http://msdn.microsoft.com/workshop/samples/author/dhtml/refs/editRegions.htm

I'm at work using Linux - so I haven't tested this :-)



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Replace Safari's tab changing shortcuts in 1.3+
Authored by: MattHaffner on Apr 21, '05 01:53:41PM
...except on newly-created blank tabs (where the new shortcuts do work)

Bordering on triviality here, but what the heck ;)

As hinted at in the comments above, the reason that it doesn't work on newly-created blank tabs is that Safari always shifts the focus to the location bar when switching to (or creating) a blank tab. Although it's kind of a moot point on a blank tab, the cmd-arrow (US layout, foreword/back page) shortcuts also shift to text field behavior in this experiement.



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Replace Safari's tab changing shortcuts in 1.3+
Authored by: firthy on Apr 22, '05 10:01:10AM
One annoying thing is that using Command-{ or -} is slower [on my system that is, a 500Mhz Pismo] than Command-Shift-Left Arrow or -Right Arrow to cycle through open tabs because the Window menu item is highlighted--visual confirmation that the shortcut exists in that menu--when using the newer command.

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SafariStand
Authored by: hiroki on Apr 26, '05 03:35:53AM
If you install SafariStand, you can easily move next/previous tab by "," and "." (It easy to remember as "") SafariStand also can change "View Source" keyboard shortcut to cmd+opt+v.

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SafariStand
Authored by: hiroki on Apr 26, '05 03:39:12AM

(It easy to remember as "<" and ">")



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