Using tab to jump through form fill outs

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Zexel, Jul 8, 2010.

  1. Zexel macrumors member

    Mar 15, 2010
    Back on my dreaded Windows machine, when I filled out online forms I was used to just being able to tab through the entire form thus making it easier and faster to fill it out. Since moving to a Mac I've noticed I can do the same thing, however when tabbing it totally skips drop down boxes. So I'll be filling out an address form and I'll have to stop and click the state drop down box. It's not the end of the world, but it is annoying.

    Anyway to enable this functionality?
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    Using the TAB key makes you select the drop down box or buttons, but to activate it, you have to press the SPACEBAR and then make your selection via the arrows or first letters.

    And have a look at what r.j.s. wrote about System Preferences. That might be the culprit.

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  3. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
    System Prefs > Keyboard ... at the bottom, check All controls.
  4. Zexel thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 15, 2010
    Thanks for the fast reply. That was the culprit.

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