How to Switch Between Chrome Windows on Mac

So you want to know how to switch between Chrome windows on Mac? Despite Chrome being a RAM-hungry browser, I can’t stop loving it. It comes with many features and tools that make browsing much more enjoyable.

If working as a writer has taught me anything, it’s that you can learn tips and tricks to aid in your work. And switching between Chrome windows on my Mac was one of the first tips I learned. 

If you’re looking to do that, this guide is for you. So, let’s begin. 

Keyboard Shortcuts to Switch Between Chrome Windows on Mac

Chrome’s shortcut capabilities allow you to save time and not use your mouse to switch between tabs. While some of you might think of it as pointless, I beg to differ. 

Keyboard shortcuts as, by design, intended to be time-efficient. After all, what’s the point of using a shortcut if you’re not looking to reach your destination faster?

Chrome comes with a couple of keyboard shortcuts to aid you in switching between windows. Here are the shortcuts that help with that.

Keyboard Shortcuts for Next/Previous Window on Mac

The “normal” way to switch between any Chrome window on your Mac is to point the cursor to the window and click on it. But that’s not fun at all, and that’s not why you’re here.

If you want to switch back and forth in Google Chrome, there are two keyboard shortcuts to use.

For Mac users, the shortcuts are the following:

Method 1: 

  • For Next tab – Control” + “Tab
  • For Previous tab – Control” + “Shift” + “Tab

But these are the only way to go to the next or previous window in Google Chrome on Mac. Another method is to use the following keyboard shortcuts:

Method 2:

  • For Next tab – Command” + “Option” + “Right Arrow
  • For Previous tab – Command” + “Option” + “Left Arrow

Keyboard Shortcuts to Switch By Number on Mac

If you thought that’s the only way to switch between windows in Chrome on Mac, think again. There’s a way to switch between Chrome windows by using the numbers on your keyboard

Each window or tab in Chrome is added a number from 1 to 9. If you have five windows open, Chrome will assign five numbers. You can then use a keyboard shortcut to switch between the tabs fast and easily.

Here is the keyboard shortcut to do that.

  • Switching to any tab by number – Command” + “[number]
  • Switching to the last tab – Command” + “9

 Keyboard Shortcuts to Open Tab Search on Mac

The last of the keyboard shortcuts I will tell you is using the tab search feature in Google Chrome. Chrome supports this feature on Mac devices, so you shouldn’t feel left out.

The tab search lists the open tabs in Chrome and lets you switch to a specific tab without using the tab bar. This feature comes in handy when the tab bar is jam-packed with windows. 

Since it’s impossible to find the right tab without the tab title, this particular shortcut will save you lots of browsing time.

The keyboard shortcut to open the tab search is Command” + “Shift” + “A.” Alternatively, you can click on the drop-down arrow in the top-right corner to open the tab search manually.

When you open the tab search, you can use the search field to search for specific tabs. As a bonus, the tab search will also display recently closed tabs. 


That concludes this short guide on how to switch between Chrome windows on Mac. No doubt, the keyboard shortcuts I mentioned will save you plenty of browsing time. All that’s left is to start using them to get accustomed. After some time, you’ll become a pro.

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