Keyboard access to Application Menu

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jasimon9, Jun 29, 2009.

  1. jasimon9 macrumors regular

    Mar 11, 2009
    I remember seeing keyboard shortcuts such as Cmd-F2 that would allow access of the Application Menu. However, this does not work for me.

    I have set the fn key to not be needed for function key access. That is, if I press f10, it acts as f10 rather than "mute."

    How do I access the Application menu from the keyboard?
  2. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    Not at my Mac so can't check, but I believe it's ctrl+F2. You can look under System Preferences > Mouse and Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts, to look them up.
  3. jasimon9 thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 11, 2009
    More specific amplification of original question: Ctrl-F2 and Cmd-F2 both do nothing. If I get mad and "hit them repeatedly and hit them hard" they still do nothing (except for the "no-action taken" thump sound).

    So I decided to check into what keyboard settings I had. I saw a Ctrl-F1 setting for "turn full keyboard access on or off", an ambiguous description to be sure, but worthy of a test. I tried pressing that combination, and after that, Ctrl-F2 now works as I remembered it used to.

    So it appears one has to be careful about the Ctrl-F1 key! And if the other Keyboard Navigation keys don't work, then try Ctrl-F1 first, as there is no visible indication of the "Ctrl-F1" state.

    I am kind of wondering what the purpose of turning them off serves, as I could not see an alternate function that turning them off enables. Perhaps the purpose of Ctrl-F1 is to "eliminate extra junk because it confuses me too much." ;-)

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