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Old Dec 4, 2007, 01:49 PM   #1
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How to choose [yes] [no] dialog box buttons with keyboard???

this is probably a stupid question but I'm trying to select dialog boxes buttons with keyboard and cant! In windows you just move from one to the other with the arrow key.
Whats the "secret" keyboard shortcut in OSX?
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Old Dec 4, 2007, 01:52 PM   #2
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The tab key should allow you to flip among the different options.



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Old Dec 4, 2007, 01:57 PM   #3
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The tab key should allow you to flip among the different options.



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it should but I'm afraid it doesn't. Pressing TAB does nothing...
Let me give you an example: say I have 2 safari windows open, I press cmd+q and it pops the dialog box asking if I really want to quit or cancel. I've tried all sort of combination keys to cycle through these buttons (and others) but nothing works...

This cant be so hard...can it?
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Old Dec 4, 2007, 01:58 PM   #4
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it should but I'm afraid it doesn't. Pressing TAB does nothing...
Let me give you an example: say I have 2 safari windows open, I press cmd+q and it pops the dialog box asking if I really want to quit or cancel. I've tried all sort of combination keys to cycle through these buttons (and others) but nothing works...

This cant be so hard...can it?
arrows should work, then press spacebar to select the highlighted option
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Old Dec 4, 2007, 02:02 PM   #5
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System Preferences --> Keyboard & Mouse --> Keyboard Shortcuts

Turn on full keyboard access for "All controls." Then you'll be able to tab between buttons and use the space bar to confirm your selection.
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System Preferences - Keyboard and Mouse - Keyboard Shortcuts - Down at the bottom there is "Full Keyboard access" then tab and spacebar will work.
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Old Dec 4, 2007, 02:10 PM   #7
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Solved!

I had to enable full keyboard access.
sometimes its the little things....

Thank you to all that helped
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Old Dec 4, 2007, 02:12 PM   #8
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Also, command-. will usually select "Cancel"... so will hitting Escape

command-N will usually select "No", command-D will usually select "Don't..."
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Old Dec 4, 2007, 02:17 PM   #9
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Also, command-. will usually select "Cancel"... so will hitting Escape

command-N will usually select "No", command-D will usually select "Don't..."
indeed! Except the command+n and command+d dont work for me. Maybe its because my system is not in english...

Thanks for the tips
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Old Dec 4, 2007, 02:26 PM   #10
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Another keyboard/dialog box shortcut to know is that Spacebar will press the button that has a ring around it while Return will press the button that's fully colored.

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