How to choose [yes] [no] dialog box buttons with keyboard???

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by anibalcascais, Dec 4, 2007.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    #1
    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? :confused:
     
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    irmongoose

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    #2
    The tab key should allow you to flip among the different options.



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  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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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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    Mindflux

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    #4
    arrows should work, then press spacebar to select the highlighted option
     
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    WildCowboy

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    #5
    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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    xUKHCx

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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.
     
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Solved!

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

    Thank you to all that helped ;)
     
  8. macrumors 6502

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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..."
     
  9. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    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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    rogersmj

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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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