2011-09-09

"Next/Previous Tab" Keyboard Shortcuts on Windows

On my Windows laptop, I use the following four programs with tabbed interfaces on a regular basis:
  • Firefox
  • Thunderbird
  • Instantbird
  • Komodo IDE
(I'd love to have tabs in my Windows terminal app of choice, Mintty, but its developer thinks tabs should be implemented at the window manager level.)

Unlike on my Mac, all those programs implement the same keyboard shortcut for switching to the previous/next tab, and it's a simple one with just a two-key chord: Control + PageUp / PageDown.

Ha!

8 comments:

Jesse Ruderman said...

Four XUL apps use the same shortcut for switching tabs. That doesn't say a lot about the Windows ecosystem.

PgDn is two keys on my laptop keyboard.

Andy said...

I thought the standard shortcuts for this were Ctrl+Tab and Ctrl+Shift+Tab.

Sid said...

Ctrl + Tab and Ctrl + Shift + Tab are universal: I can't think of a single Windows application with tabs which doesn't implement them. They're also really easy to hit with one hand (especially if you replace Caps Lock with Ctrl, as a lot of Emacs users do).

Sid said...

They also make a ton of sense because they mirror Tab/Shift + Tab and Alt + Tab/Alt + Shift + Tab.

Benedikt P. said...

If you're in need of a XUL-based instant messenger which tries to be as familiar as possible for Firefox users (that includes keyboard shortcuts amond other things) then you could try Instantbird by the way: http://www.instantbird.com

I admit that this was a kind of advertisement now ;)

Myk Melez said...

Jesse: I can't speak to the Windows ecosystem generally, just my particular experience with it. Nevertheless, XUL app consistency is not a given; on Mac, Komodo's shortcuts are different from Firefox's and Thunderbird's.

Benedikt: yup, Instantbird is on the list of apps that I mention using regularly in this post. :-)

Benedikt P. said...

d'oh .. how could I possibly have missed that? :D

Florian Qu├Ęze said...

Benedikt: Didn't you mean to ask why Myk uses Instantbird on Windows but Adium on Mac?

Another interesting consistency with XUL applications is that they tend to be cross-platform, so that we can keep using the same applications on all our computers :).