A query about message boxes..

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Osarkon, Feb 11, 2007.

  1. Osarkon macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2006
    Firstly, I'm a great advocate of using the keyboard over the mouse. The problem I'm having is when I close down programs such as NeoOffice, for example, and it asks if I want to save, I can't use the arrow keys to switch between the options. :confused:

    I used to do this all the time in Windows, and it seems slightly counter-productive that I have to go and grab the mouse to choose 'Don't Save' every time.

    So, any thoughts on how to get past this?
  2. Lau Guest

    I don't have NeoOffice, but one thing that works in some third party programs is to do Apple+the first letter of the word, e.g. Save is Apple+S and Don't Save is Apple+D. It doesn't work in everything, unfortunately.
  3. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    In most applications tabbing will allow you to change focus between different choices in a dialogue box, and you then press space bar to choose that option (enter/return will choose the default button, no matter what's in focus). To get this you may have to enable Full Keyboard Access in System Preferences -> Keyboard and Mouse -> Keyboard Shortcuts.

    In many applications cmd-D (or just D) will be the Don't save (esc the Cancel and cmd-S (or just S).

    In NeoOffice you can follow the underscored letter for Save and Discard (or whatever it is in English, I have a Norwegian NeoOffice, where it's Lagre and Forkast, and pressing 'g' will save and 'f' will discard), and esc is still Cancel. (And tabbing/space bar will also work).
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Ahhh, I didn't know about Cmd-S and Cmd-D. Interesting. Thankee!

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