Help with keyboard control needed…

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Nick T., Apr 1, 2008.

  1. Nick T. macrumors regular

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    For the past year or so I’ve been running an evaluation Mac mini side-by-side with my Core 2 Duo WinXP box.

    There are some areas where OS X is the clear winner, such as Spotlight. In other areas Windows is the clear winner, such as their Trash implementation.

    One area that is giving me a lot of problems is gaining keyboard control of OS X. Many keyboard shortcuts are difficult to discover and non-intuitive; such as “control-F2” to highlight the Apple menu.

    I feel that I'm more productive if I can minimize switching between the keyboard and the mouse. For example, when working with a text document I’m more efficient if I don’t have to lift my hand from the keyboard to the mouse to make a selection.

    A few minutes ago I did the following, all using my wireless aluminum keyboard:
    1. pressed “command-Spacebar” to open Spotlight
    2. typed “tex” and pressed “return” which opened TextEdit
    3. typed some text into TextEdit, then decided to abandon the document
    4. pressed “command-Q” to quit TextEdit and got a Dialog Box with the Save button highlighted.

    Very smooth, efficient, and keyboard centric up to this point, but now I’m stuck.
    I can press “return” and save the document - - don’t want to do this
    I can press “esc” and cancel the Quit operation - - don’t want to do this
    Pressing “tab” doesn’t cycle through the buttons as expected.

    Is there any way to select the Don’t Save button using a keyboard shortcut?

    Thank you for supporting a possible switcher.
     
  2. misterredman macrumors 6502a

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    If I understand you correctly what you are looking for is:

    Command-D

    Not directly related, but have you already tried Quicksilver? A must have if you like shortcuts! You will find it here:

    http://www.blacktree.com/
     
  3. Nick T. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks Misterredman!

    Command-D works like a charm.
    I'll take a look at Quicksilver.
     
  4. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    This actually came up not that long ago, here.

     
  5. flyfish29 macrumors 68020

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    I never knew command-D worked for this- learn something new everyday!!!

    I never knew about the esc button doing that either.

    Just in case the OP doesn't know, "command ." selects the cancel button

    One I just found was command-shift-n for a new folder when that option comes up in a dialog window.


    It makes sense that one doesn't need the command button as there is no line to type on at that point. If there is a line to type on in the dialog box then you need to use the command button I guess.
     
  6. Nick T. thread starter macrumors regular

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    I don't understand - - neither D, nor C, nor S have any effect on the dialog i mentioned.

    command . does work the same as esc for me

    At risk of being yelled at - - it sure would make OS X easier to use if the kbd short-cuts were consistent and were shown in menus. And what are those weird symbols. Is this something else that can be attributed to Steve Jobs eccentricity?
     

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