Swtich between 2 specific tabs in Sarari like Ctrl-Tab in a pc


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Original poster

I'm looking for a way to configure Ctrl+Tab --or any other simple two-key
combination-- to toggle back and forth between two specific tabs (of the
several I may have open) of a Safari window, and that those tabs don't
have to be right next to each other of those open Safari tabs.

My system:
Mavericks 10.9.1
Mac Mini
Processor 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7
Memory 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
500 GB Solid State Drive
Software OS X 10.9.1 (13B42)
Safari Version 7.0.1 (9537.73.11)

In windows machines, I can configure Ctrl-tab to toggle between
two tabs by:
mouse-clicking on the one tab
mouse-clicking on the other tab
I can then use Ctrl+tab to toggle between these two tabs, even though
I have several tabs open in between these two, specific, tabs.

This makes it easy to toggle between these two tabs. I don't have to
change my fingering (they stay on the Ctrl and Tab keys), or do any
mousing, thus leaving the keyboard. Totally simple keyboard action.

I know about Ctrl+tab and Ctrl+Shift+tab that is currently standard
in Macs.

But this involves going between using 2 keys, then 3 keys, then back
again, and Ctrl+Shift+Tab is tough to do with your left hand. You have
to change between:
using your left thumb on the Ctrl key + left index on the Tab key
left thumb on Ctrl key + left index finger on left-shift + middle finger on Tab
and then back again.

And, these two tabs have to be right next to each other, of the open tabs
in Safari, for even this awkward fingering switching to work.

So I'm looking for an app, or a way to customize my keyboard and/or
Mac, to have Ctrl-tab --or any other simple two-key combination-- behave
like it can on a pc, which is, to toggle between two specific open tabs in Safari
that are not right next to each other in the Safari window.

Many thanks!


macrumors newbie
Jun 22, 2011
If you're zoomed all the way in, you can pinch zoom in on the track pad and then swipe between tabs. Similar to the way you can swipe up with three fingers to move between running apps.
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