Something I've always been meaning to ask: Pop-up options and use of tab button.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Jebaloo, Nov 4, 2007.

  1. Jebaloo macrumors 6502

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    Hi,

    I've been using Macs for about 4 years now and there's just this one thing that I've never managed to work out having switched from a PC.

    I remember when I first had a pop-up window come up on the mac, which for example might have said, 'are you sure you want to shut down', or something similar, and on a PC I was used to pressing the tab button in order to go between highlighting the two options 'yes', and 'cancel' before pressing return to select the option, but on a mac I've never worked out a way to select an option on these sorts of pop-up option windows without using the mouse.

    I wonder if I'm explaining this properly, but if anyone knows whether it is at all possible to use the keyboard for this, or whether I should just continue to use the mouse in these situations, I'd be really grateful.
     
  2. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    Try "System Preferences > Keyboard & Mouse > Keyboard Shortcuts", enable Full keyboard access: All controls.
     
  3. Jebaloo thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hey - thanks so much for your reply, it sounds so simple!

    Ok I've tried that - and have just tested it out.

    To test it, I opened google and typed something into the input box, and then pressed the red stop button to close the window.

    Safari came up with a box to ask me if I was sure that I wanted to close the window and of the two options, 'cancel', and 'close, 'close' is entirely highlighted in blue. BY pressing the tab button I can switch an outer glow type highlight between the two options, but no matter which one I tab between, when I press the return button it closes the window anyway.

    Is there anyway of changing this?
     
  4. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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  5. Jebaloo thread starter macrumors 6502

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    WOW - thank you so much!

    can't believe it's been all these years without knowing, I should have asked ages ago!

    Thanks again both of you.
     
  6. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    Glad that was what you were looking for.

    You might know this one already: cmd-period will select the "Cancel" button.
     
  7. Zuplar macrumors regular

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    good question, i was wondering the same thing.
     

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