keyboard shortcuts question

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by sinoslav, Sep 23, 2006.

  1. sinoslav macrumors newbie

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    I'm totally new to Mac (longtime Windows user) and I have a question about keyboard shortcuts in Mac OS X. Under Windows, I could access any menu item via the Alt key plus a series of letters corresponding to the menu selections. For example, I use Thunderbird for email, and the menu choice to see only unread messages is

    View | Threads | Unread

    I could access this option in Windows with the keyboard combination

    Alt-V (for View), then E (for Thr*e*ads), then U (for Unread).

    I can't figure out any corresponding way under OS X to get to this menu option via keystrokes. Is there a general mechanism for keystroke combinations to get menu options under OS X?
     
  2. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    Yes it is very easy. Get used to using the Command key (the Apple key next to the spacebar). You use this key and voila. Key commands on a Mac!
     

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  3. sinoslav thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No, this is not the same. Using the Command key alone, I can only access menu commands that have an associated Command-key combination built in. The correct answer is from http://www.xvsxp.com/misc/keyboard.php, I will quote:


    To navigate menus with the keyboard:

    * Type Control-F2 to activate the front-most application's menu
    * Navigate with the arrow keys to select a menu, or type the first letter(s) of the menu's name
    * Hit the down arrow key to reveal the selected menu
    * Use the arrow keys to select a menu item, or type the first letter(s) of the menu item's name
    * Hit Return
     
  4. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    Damn sinoslav, that is dropping some knowledge. I've used Macs for years and never knew that stuff. Good call.
     

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