Keyboard to select options in dialogue boxes

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Cams, Dec 6, 2007.

  1. Cams macrumors regular

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    I'm running Leopard on my new iMac. On Windows, when presented with a dialogue box such as Don't Save / Save / Cancel, I could use either the cursor keys to move between the options and hit the return key to select it OR use the assigned letter key for the option I wanted. On Leopard there seems to be no way to do this and I have to reach for the mouse. This is getting more and more annoying so I thought I would ask here if there is a way to use the keyboard to do this.

    Anyone know?

    Thanks
    Cams
     
  2. Jasonbot macrumors 68020

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    It's quite simple. All you need to do is tab to the correct option (it will have a blue ring around it) and space bar to select.

    But first you need to put full keyboard access on:
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  3. Cams thread starter macrumors regular

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    Brilliant! Thank you so much Jasonbot. The screenshot was most helpful too (how did you do that?) - there's no Print Screen button!

    It's really comforting to know that these forums are here and that folks are so helpful around these here parts.

    Cams
     
  4. dcv macrumors G3

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    ^Look at the screenshot again for the shortcuts ;) otherwise you should find an application called Grab (I think it lives in the applications\utilities folder)
     
  5. Jasonbot macrumors 68020

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    lol yeah, its cmd-shift-4 then drag teh area you want. Grab is quite primitive in my opinion.
     

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