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How can I change the default behavior for ctrl-Tab?

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How can I change the default behavior for ctrl-Tab?

I tried to change the behavior of ctrl-Tab from 'Next Tab' to 'Previous Tab' and added 'alt-Tab' for 'Next Tab' in Keyconfig so I can navigate in both directions with one hand. It does not change the behavior of ctrl-Tab.

I created both these shortcuts in Keyconfig:

Next Tab gBrowser.mTabContainer.advanceSelectedTab(1,true);

Previous Tab gBrowser.mTabContainer.advanceSelectedTab(-1,true);

I even tried doing this from the command line with the same result:

defaults write org.mozilla.firefox NSUserKeyEquivalents -dict-add "Next Tab" "~Tab" defaults write org.mozilla.firefox NSUserKeyEquivalents -dict-add "Previous Tab" "^Tab"

I'm not sure why this didn't work but maybe "Tab" is the wrong keyword. I couldn't find any documentation on what it should be. Or possibly "Next Tab" and "Previous Tab" don't work in this case because they are not 'built-in' commands. A third possibility is that it won't work because ctrl-Tab is a built-in shortcut but I can't believe that is why. I was able to change cmd-Q to ^-cmd-Q no problem and that is a default OS X shortcut. I was also able to change other built-in functions' shortcuts, just not this one.

So what am I doing wrong? Has anybody been able to change this particular shortcut?

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SUMO Contributor

Re: How can I change the default behavior for ctrl-Tab?

Could I suggest posting this question in the keyconfig extension support thread? I suspect the developer and the users there will be able to answer more quickly.

http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=72994&start=2595

Site Moderator

Re: How can I change the default behavior for ctrl-Tab?

See also:

The commands would be "BrowserSmiley TonguerevTab" and "Browser:NextTab" (these can be used in gestures).

I'm not seeing the key sequences to advance to the next and previous tab in keyset #mainKeyset in the DOM Inspector, so that is likely the cause that you can't change them.

New User

Re: How can I change the default behavior for ctrl-Tab?

OK I posted a link to this thread on that forum thread but I still think this is general enough that it could be answered in this forum.

New User

Re: How can I change the default behavior for ctrl-Tab?

"The commands would be "BrowserSmiley TonguerevTab" and "Browser:NextTab" (these can be used in gestures)."

Where did you find these?

I tried:

defaults write org.mozilla.firefox NSUserKeyEquivalents -dict-add "Browser:NextTab" "~Tab"

but it didn't work. Maybe 'Tab' is the wrong keyword?

"I'm not seeing the key sequences to advance to the next and previous tab in keyset #mainKeyset in the DOM Inspector, so that is likely the cause that you can't change them."

Can you explain why you think this is the cause?