Safari in OS X El Capitan Changes Common Shortcuts

It wouldn't be an update from Apple without the loss of a feature you may have grown to rely on. Safari power users have long used the combination of the Command button and a number between 1 and 9 to pull up a bookmarked webpage (or trigger a bookmarklet). Now, though, the public beta of El Capitan has mapped that keystroke to a different function. Apple's browser treats the Command+number combo just like Google Chrome does, opening the first through ninth open tabs in the current window.

While many were upset to see the feature go, the good news is that bookmark-based key commands haven't gone away, they've only been re-mapped. The first bookmark in Safari's bookmark bar can now be triggered by Command+Option+1, and so on and so forth. Get ready to re-train your muscle memories. 

Apple did not explain this change to users, so it took some trial and error to figure it out. Folks looking to make their own shortcuts have been left to rely on third- party software, since such customization isn't available in OS X.

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While it's frustrating to lose a feature without any warning, at least Apple made this change in a beta release, and not an easily downloaded consumer-facing update. Take, for example Home Sharing for music, which mysteriously vanished in the recent iOS 8.4 update.

That option gave users the ability to easily share their iTunes music collections with other members of their households. Fortunately, there was enough outcry online to get Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue to publicly state the company was working to restore the feature in iOS 9, which is scheduled to be released this fall.

Henry T. Casey is a staff writer at LAPTOP. Follow him on Twitter @henrytcasey. Follow us @tomsguide, on Facebook and on Google+.