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10.3: Navigate menus via letters in menu items' names System
Several keyboard related shortcuts are now possible in Panther. It has always (well since 10.2, at least) been possible to target the menu by enabling "Full Keyboard Access" (in the Keyboard/Mouse preferences panel) and typing Control-M for the Menu or Control-D for the Dock.

Well it is now, finally, also possible to activate an item from any menu by typing the first letter(s) of the item's name while you have the menu activated. For exmaple, in Safari: Hit Control-M (my favorite) to activate the menubar, and then (still no way to target a specific menu) hit the right arrow twice to get to the File menu. Once File is highlighted, hit "S" to get to the Save as..., or "P" to get to the Page Setup menu item, etc.

[robg adds: On my machine, menu activation is done via Control-F2. If they can add top-level keyboard navigation to the menus, I would really love and utilize this feature a lot!]
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10.3: Navigate menus via letters in menu items' names
Authored by: jctull on Oct 28, '03 11:29:33AM

robg: Top-level keyboard navigation can be performed with the arrow keys. Yes, you cannot jump to a menu item directly to my knowlege, but you can navigate with the keyboard... unless I am misunderstanding what you meant by top-level...



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10.3: Navigate menus via letters in menu items' names
Authored by: MacDork on Oct 28, '03 12:56:45PM

I've been waiting for this since OS X was in it's beta days.

I submitted several feedback reports to Apple and never got any replies. Seems they *do* really listen to their customers. :)

It's one of those things that I've always considered better-implemented on the Windows side of the world.



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10.3: Navigate menus via letters in menu items' names
Authored by: Frederico on Oct 28, '03 02:41:43PM

Top Level Menubar navigation is as it is in early Windows: use the Tab key (right) or Shift-Tab (left), as well as the arrows.



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10.3: Navigate menus via letters in menu items' names
Authored by: robg on Oct 28, '03 02:54:45PM

I mean with the alpha keys -- one feature I love about Windows is that you can activate the menus with the Alt key and a letter - Alt-F is File, then hit O for open. The changes in Panther get us oh so close, but Control-F2 (repogrammable, I know) then right-arrow twice then O is just a bit too much to hassle with. It seems it'd be easy to add the alpha support to the top levels as well..

-rob.



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10.3: Navigate menus via letters in menu items' names
Authored by: TvE on Oct 29, '03 11:21:50AM

Just my point - we're getting a lot closer, but still lack the "ALT-F" for "File" etc. like in Windo$e



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10.3: Navigate menus via letters in menu items' names
Authored by: bsmithii on Oct 29, '03 12:21:59PM

Is it possible to open an application via an added application Keyboard shortcut?

Or do I just need to get Fruit Menu when i comes out for Panther?

BJ



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10.3: Navigate menus via letters in menu items' names
Authored by: trex67 on Oct 28, '03 07:32:55PM

Works with Fruit Menu, too! Fantastic. "P" took me to "Palm" and "Ph" took me to Photoshop.



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10.3: Navigate menus via letters in menu items' names
Authored by: oldjewelsoftware on Oct 30, '03 10:34:37PM
This also works fine in My Favorite Things. Just hit your hot key, then start typing the name of the application you want to open.

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Authored by: oldjewelsoftware on Oct 31, '03 06:18:36AM

Of course, I would say this since I'm the one who wrote it.



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