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macrumors newbie
Original poster
Oct 29, 2013
Hello Macrumors forum ;)

I noticed that in the (and as far as I know only there) the standard keyboard shortcut for window switching (COMMAND + < on a german keyboard) now hides/shows the toolbar. Is there any way to change it back to the old behaviour? I found nothing online and I can't imagine I'm the only one who uses this A LOT. :D


macrumors newbie
Feb 27, 2009
I don't have a solution, but I just wanted to say that this is bugging me now as well.

This worked fine before Mavericks. In Mavericks, the new default shortcut to switch to the next window in the foreground application is "CMD+`" (Accent), as can be seen e. g. in the menu:


Which is really strange, because in the settings, the old shortcut is still listed, and it is also the default (and it also actually works in still):


I think the old shortcuts, > to go to the next window and < to go to the previous window, were a lot more intuitive. Now in Mavericks there is no shortcut to switch the previous window anymore.

See also
Command-Shift-Accent (`): Activate the previous open window in the frontmost application

Anybody knows a solution?
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macrumors 65816
Feb 16, 2013
The answer is quite simple

1: System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > App Shortcuts
2: Click + button
3: Select which app you want this to apply to (or all applications)
4: Follow the instructions
5: Enjoy the ability to remap any and all keyboard shortcuts with ease


macrumors G4
Sep 6, 2002
I recommend you reset the keyboard shortcuts to defaults. The default keyboard shortcut to switch windows in OS X is and always has been cmd-`


macrumors newbie
Feb 26, 2011
Found a solution

I think this might be a problem only affecting german users.
But here is the solution:
Go to System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > App Shortcuts
Change the Shortcut of the Preview App > "Symbolleiste ausblenden" (Hide Toolbar") to anything else but "cmd <", I chose "cmd alt ctrl h".
Now the old shortcut "cmd <" to switch windows worked for me in Preview again.
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