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For dialogs where options are "Save" (the default), "Cancel", and "Don't Save", 'return' or 'enter' and 'escape' are the keyboard shortcuts for the first two, but what about the last one?

I couldn't find this shortcut in the Finder Help, but after some experimentation, I discovered that control-D works for "Don't Save". I don't know if it's standard, but it worked for all apps where I tried it.

[Editor's note: It may well be standard, but I'm certain I never knew about it.]
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command + D works too...
Authored by: rbl on Apr 15, '02 10:34:16AM

At least on some apps, I haven't tested thoroughly... This is OS9 stuff.



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Re: Don't Save shortcut
Authored by: earthsaver on Apr 15, '02 10:34:30AM

I have been using Command-D for Don't Save in dialogs for years now. It's nothing new in Mac OS X. However, Mail is the only OS X app that seems to have a problem with this. Command-D is also the shortcut in Cocoa apps for Find Previous. Most apps, TextEdit for example, disable the menu bar commands while a save dialog sheet is in place in a window, so Command-D works for Don't Save. Mail leaves the menu bar enabled in this respect, so hitting Command-D when the save sheet is there still attempts to evoke Find Previous from the Edit menu instead. I have sent Apple feedback for this since 10.1 and have yet to see a change.



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Re: Don't Save shortcut
Authored by: earthsaver on Apr 15, '02 10:38:56AM

I have been using Command-D for Don't Save in dialogs for years now. It's nothing new in Mac OS X. However, Mail is the only OS X app that seems to have a problem with this. Command-D is also the shortcut in Cocoa apps for Find Previous. Most apps, TextEdit for example, disable the menu bar commands while a save dialog sheet is in place in a window, so Command-D works for Don't Save. Mail leaves the menu bar enabled in this respect, so hitting Command-D when the save sheet is there still attempts to evoke Find Previous from the Edit menu instead. I have sent Apple feedback for this since 10.1 and have yet to see a change.



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'D' is enough
Authored by: lamon on Apr 15, '02 10:47:13AM

Actually, I don't have my mac at hand right now, but I think that typing 'D' is enough (and 'C' also works for Cancel).



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ESC and RETURN
Authored by: lionel77 on Apr 15, '02 11:26:10AM

In some dialogs like 'Add extension?' in the Finder command-a (Add) and command-d (don't Add) don't work. Default selection is 'Don't Add' so it's not surprising that hitting return works for this. What really surprised me is that ESC was associated with 'Add'. A bit counterintuitive but a real time saver...



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Just D it
Authored by: brodie on Apr 15, '02 11:47:50AM

esc. enter, D, C, R, they all work on their own, but not in all dialogues. when you bring up the sleep-shutdown-restart-cancel dialogue S will sleep, enter will shutdown. but when changing a suffix in the finder, A will not execute the Add.
this has been around since 9, so you can use it in classic too.
now if i can just figure out why my scroll whell works in some save dialogues and not in others....



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Just D it
Authored by: ihafro on Apr 15, '02 07:15:50PM

I read somwhere that scroll wheeling in dialogs only work if the applicaion is Cocoa. Carbon apps won't enable scrolling.



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Just D it
Authored by: aranor on Apr 18, '02 11:12:21PM

Carbon CAN support it, but the programmer has to enable the support. Cocoa does it automatically.



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Full Keyboard Access...
Authored by: ldeck on Apr 16, '02 04:41:33AM

Hi there,

I've found that typing d doesn't work - I'm on a Beige G3.

However - the solution is to turn on full keyboard access and hit command until the button you want is highlighted and then hit the spacebar to do it...



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Full Keyboard Access...
Authored by: smeger on Apr 16, '02 10:19:56PM
In Mac OS 9, applications needed to individually code this behaviour, so it was sort-of randomly supported. I think that in OS X, it's the default behaviour provided the programmer used the standard dialog instead of his/her own.

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