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10.3: Navigate contextual menus via the keyboard System
While a contextual menu is open, typing the first letter of an item in the contextual menu will focus the cursor on that menu item.
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10.3: Navigate contextual menus via the keyboard
Authored by: cagg on Nov 02, '03 12:54:28PM

And it's about time!
But it's not just contextual menus - it's any menu in the system.



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10.3: Navigate contextual menus via the keyboard
Authored by: brianw on Nov 02, '03 01:33:50PM

It doesn't open a sub-menu in a contextual menu, though. So if I'm using, say, QuickImage, I can't hit Q and then V for "View" from the submenu. Pity.



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10.3: Navigate contextual menus via the keyboard
Authored by: ExecutiveEditor on Nov 02, '03 01:51:54PM

No, but you can use the arrow keys to enter the submenu, and then type the first letter. So, to use QuickImage, you activate the contextual menu, hit "Q", use the arrow key to enter the submenu (which automatically highlights the top item, in this case "View..."), and then hit, for example, "A" to move to "Add Thumbnail Icon".



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10.3: Navigate contextual menus via the keyboard
Authored by: iJak@mac.com on Nov 02, '03 04:28:58PM

It is interesting. .... Because, after you navigate with a key click to a menu choice with a sub-menu, you can use your arrow key and step into the sub menu and then use the arrow keys or another letter key to get whereever you want to get.

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10.3: Navigate contextual menus via the keyboard
Authored by: autrefois on Nov 05, '03 09:25:51PM

And as you might guess, if more than one menu item begins with the same letter, you can keep typing the second letter, third letter, etc. until it selects the correct menu item.

For example, if you had "Resize" and "Revert" in the same list in a menu, if you typed R + E + V then it would select "Revert," if you typed R + E + S it would select "Resize."

You have to do it quickly, tho, otherwise it will assume you're just starting over and typing another first letter.



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10.3: Navigate contextual menus via the keyboard
Authored by: osxpounder on Dec 03, '03 12:13:58PM

You will also find that it's not always the first letter [of a menu item] that gets you there. For example, in Camino, if I ctrl-click this web page, I see two menu choices that start with 's': "Select All" and "Save As ...", but pressing the 's' key never moves me to "Select All".

Instead, the first press takes me to "Save As ..." and the next press of 's' takes me to "View Page Source", which indicates that these two menu items are somehow linked to the letter 's', while the "Select All" menu choice is not.

Somewhere is a file that stores these menus and determines which menu choice is linked to which letter key ......

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10.3: Navigate contextual menus via the keyboard
Authored by: progs on May 07, '04 03:33:04PM

Is there a way to get a context menu to pop up at the cursor with a key combination? This is the only feature I miss from my pc.



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10.3: Navigate contextual menus via the keyboard
Authored by: jmd2121 on Mar 02, '05 09:40:26PM

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10.3: Navigate contextual menus via the keyboard
Authored by: progs on Fri, May 7 '04 at 03:33PM
Is there a way to get a context menu to pop up at the cursor with a key combination? This is the only feature I miss from my pc.
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I am looking for how to do this too. On MS win systems, shift-F10 brought up context menu (like a right-click). This was very useful in MSWord, where you could be typing along, miss a word and right away fix the spelling from available alternatives without going over to the mouse.

If anyone knows how to do this on MAC systems -- please email or reply here. 57@bowser.stanford.edu It would work the same way in textedit if I can oopen the context menu by keyboard.

thanks,
Jon


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10.3: Navigate contextual menus via the keyboard
Authored by: ronan on Aug 15, '06 03:37:34PM

it's not a perfect solution, but you can turn on Mouse Keys under Universal Access in the system preferences, and then hit ctrl-Keypad 5

you lose your keypad though.



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