How to go completely keyboard

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  1. soccersquirt82 macrumors 6502

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    I've seen lots of people be able to navigate through the computer (PC) using only the keyboard. It seems much more efficient, but I don't know many simple tasks. I've downloaded Quicksilver, and I know basic shortcuts (saving, printing, command tab, etc.). I don't know how to switch the active window when using the same application. The only way I know to switch the window is using command tab, but that's between applications. Is there another way to do this?? Also, on Windows, I can use the arrow keys to navigate through options on a window and press enter to execute. How can I do this on a mac? Any other simple tasks that I need to know??
     
  2. TEG macrumors 604

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    Turn on the keyboard menus in either Universal Access or Keyboard in the System Preferences. Also, to switch between windows in an application, use command-`.

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  3. psychofreak Retired

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    CMD+`

    Unfortunately, for most things its not possible, but some (e.g. CMD+D for Don't Save) work.

    I recommend installing Quicksilver plugins such as the iTunes one for a higher level of control.
     
  4. killmoms macrumors 68040

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    1) Cmd+` will cycle through windows within the active application.

    2) Go to System Preferences > Keyboard & Mouse > Keyboard Shortcuts and set the Full Keyboard Access setting at the bottom to "All Controls."
     
  5. soccersquirt82 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for eveybody's quick replies. When I do Cmd-' or Cmd+', the text gets bigger or smaller. Am I doing something wrong, or how do I turn off this shortcut??
     
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  7. maddcovv macrumors newbie

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    CMD + and CMD - makes my text bigger and smaller too.
     
  8. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    haha dont actually press the plus or minus key. in keyboard shortcuts "+" denotes and, and "-" denotes a dash.
     
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  10. TEG macrumors 604

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    Usually when you are viewing commands, the Modifier (Command/Option/Control/Shift) followed by either a "+" or a "-" (personal preference) and then a character that is used to activate the command (ex Command-S means hold command and then hit the letter s). If the shortcut is then followed by a comma, do the command, then release all keys then tap the key that follows the comma (ex Option-n,n will yield an ñ)

    TEG
     
  11. soccersquirt82 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    OHHHH!!!!! Thanks so much for explaining that to me!!
     
  12. soccersquirt82 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Another question: Is there a way to click a hyperlink in Safari using the keyboard?
     
  13. cherry su macrumors 65816

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    Pressing alt 5 times (repeatedly) enables mousekeys, which lets you use the numpad to control the cursor
     
  14. netnothing macrumors 68040

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    Option + tab will cycle through the links on a page (just tab only does controls).

    Once on a link, hit Return to launch it.

    -Kevin
     
  15. soccersquirt82 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Option tab worked for me, but the pushing the alt button five times didn't. Is there a setting I need to turn on to make this work??
     
  16. kuwisdelu macrumors 65816

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    Yes, it's also under Universal Access->Mouse & Trackpad in Sys Prefs.
     
  17. soccersquirt82 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Great!! Thanks to all who've helped. This should help for a while as I keep practicing!!
     
  18. pinktank macrumors 6502

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    search for quicksilver tutorials, there are many out there, os x is actually much more keyboard friendly
     
  19. soccersquirt82 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Does anyone know of a shortcut to highlight the address bar, so I can start typing a new URL quickly?
     
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  21. soccersquirt82 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Another question: on the iMac keyboard, there are buttons such as "home" and "end." I can go to the end of a line is MS Word by hitting "end." How do I do this on the MacBook keyboard?
     
  22. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    cmd+arrow
     
  23. wanax macrumors newbie

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    Apple Shortcuts

    How does one create a shortcut for "Shutdown" or "Sleep" modes? Thanks!
     
  24. rudini macrumors member

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    This thread is awesome.

    Answered so many of my questions!

    Thanks all!
    rudy
     
  25. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    Sleep = cmd + opt + eject
    shutdown = cmd + opt + ctrl + eject
    restart = cmd + ctrl + eject
    log out = cmd + shift + q


    Might want to have a gander through this page
     

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