General Key Shortcuts in Mac OSX

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  1. SittingBull macrumors newbie

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    For example, when the standard save dialogue appears:

    Don't save -- Cancel -- Replace

    Half of the available options can I access only with the mouse, it seems.

    I'm coming from MS Windows and are used to have the TAB key to select an option, then press Return to execute the selected option.

    Or I press ALT, then go through any menu using the arrow keys, select something, and press Return.

    Am I lost in Mac OSX without a mouse? I don't think so. What's the trick?

    Sometimes it's nicer for the workflow if I can keep both hands on the keyboard.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    In System Preferences, go to Mouse & Keyboard>Keyboard Shortcuts and turn on full keyboard access.

    This will let you tab through buttons & fields.
     
  3. SittingBull thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I thank you, Blue Velvet.

    Is that you on your avatar? If so, don't be afraid. Life is beautiful :)
     
  4. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    No, that's not me. :D

    That's Isabella Rossellini, who is also beautiful.
     
  5. AlBDamned macrumors 68030

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    Also go to system preferences> Expose

    if the previous instructions still don't open it up fully.
     

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