From Bugzilla Helper: User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; WinNT4.0; en-US; rv:0.9) Gecko/20010505 BuildID: 2001050515 Previous versions of Navigator allowed you to cycle the active browser window by pressing <Ctrl>-<Tab>, a convention observed by most Windows applications. The Tasks menu shows the other windows, so it's clear that Mozilla is aware of them. Reproducible: Always Steps to Reproduce: 1. Open more than one browser window. 2. Press <Ctrl>-<Tab>. Actual Results: Current browser window remains active. Expected Results: Another browser window should have been activated.
In Seamonkey (this version of Mozilla), Control+Tab will no longer switch between open windows. This never made much sense anyway, because Windows already provided a perfectly good shortcut (Alt+Tab) for switching between windows. Instead, Control+Tab will cycle between the address field, the sidebar, and the content area. See bug 24423 for details. Marking as invalid, because the non-switching of windows is not a bug.
I would like to share some of my experience here. I used to have opened up a dozon or more browsing windows when surfing websites and watching news. And yes, Windows does provide a keyboard shortcut (Alt-Tab) to switch between different windows. BUT, it has two (at least) shortcomings: 1) When using Alt-Tab, a small pop-up window will show up and you have to locate the correct application to switch to. 2) Alt-Tab will cycle through *other* non-browser apps windows too. These shortcomings hinder the speed in switching to other *browsing* windows and require the user (you can say - me) to visually check before switching in order to prevent landing on non-browsing window. Hope you can understand how useful and handy the Ctrl-Tab key in NS4 make my surfing more smoothly and quickly.
doctor__j summarized it quite well. If I have five Mozilla windows open and, say, five TeraTerm windows, <Ctrl>-<Tab> cuts in half the number of keypresses to get to the desired window. (Yes, I'm using TeraTerm as an example, because it supports the <Ctrl>-<Tab> convention.) It's a convention that started with MDI applications, but makes perfect sense with an SDI Mozilla. I know that IE has abandoned <Ctrl>-<Tab>, but that can hardly be a justification.
You learn something new every day. Yesterday I learned about ctrl-tab (possibly again, it might have been mentioned in earlier bugs many months ago). Today I learn that teraterm (which i use w/ many windows) does this too. Quick research: ctrl-tab in netscape and teraterm is only bound for non dialog windows. [If you use ctrl tab, you will get stuck I'm reopening this bug [as an enhancement] because at some point we _will_ support optional user keybindings. And this one should be among them. ctrl+shift+tab navigates backwards through the cycle in tera term.
Are you guys aware that you can cycle through browser windows using "Ctrl-1" on Windows and "Cmd-1" on a Mac? (FYI: that is the number "1", not a lowercase "L"). This only cycles through browser windows, not mail/news windows.
We need an option for cycling through tabs! I really neeed this :)
It would be great a good keybinding for this, which can be used for tabbed mode as well. However, we can't use the key that's reserved for frame+pane navigation. The suggestion that we use Ctrl+(shift)+tab both for switching windows and navigating panes and frames doesn't work well - what if several of the pages are framed pages? I like Ctrl+1, which as Brian Clark metioned, already works quite well.
Any problem with using Accel-Tilde cross-platform? In addition to having Accel-1 cycle Navigator windows and (pending my just-submitted bug 112788) Accel-2 cycle Messenger windows and (if the idea catches on) Accel-3, Accel-4 and Accel-5 to cycle Chatzilla, Composer and Address Book windows.
tabs cycle w/ accel+pageup/pagedown. we had floated accel-~ to show/hide the sidebar on macos. accel[shift]f6 is available for window switching (windows. not macos, where fkeys shouldn't be used by apps -- hence the need to drop f9 and move to accel-~ or something). on macos, command-tab can switch apps, i'd suggestion option-tab for window switching. <LafinJack> the two main program switchers let you use command-, option-, or control-tab to switch apps (for 9, that is) I'm flexible about command v. option(alt) v. control, but we should be aware of OSX which I think uses command. Program Switcher http://www.programswitcher.com/ liteswitch http://proteron.com/liteswitch/ fwiw picking Tab instead of ~ has a few major advantages (a) it's a logical pair, (b) it's much more intl safe.
Marking invalid, again, since this would make Mozilla worse rather than being an enhancement. Where you are on a platform where (a) the window manager does not have its own shortcut for switching windows and (b) there is no choice of window manager for that platform, then Mozilla can make life slightly more tolerable by having its own shortcut. Luckily, Mozilla runs on only one such platform (Mac OS), and we have a separate bug for that already. On all other platforms, it makes no sense to have a superfluous shortcut which cycles through your Slashdot windows, your mail/news windows, your online banking windows, and your HTML editor windows, but which does *not* also cycle through your spreadsheet windows, your word processor windows, and your Yahoo Messenger windows. You would be constantly wasting time trying to remember whether the particular window you wanted happened to be run by Mozilla or not, rather than just using Alt+Tab for everything.