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10.3: Make shortcuts in the Finder's File menu work again Desktop
I have the experience of shorcuts not working on Panther's Finder after some time working in Finder or other apps, but this only happens with the shorcuts of the File menu, I noticed that if I just click on the File menu (not a command, just the menu itself) the shorcuts work again. I thought it happens just to me, but recntlty I visited Apple discussions and found that some other had the same experience.

Hope this remedy work for some of you instead of rebooting your Mac.
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10.3: Make shortcuts in the Finder's File menu work again
Authored by: davidcrickett on Dec 03, '03 11:21:36AM

Sometimes the menu line must be clicked (in a menu or an icon) to be 'activated'. The first time for example you use ImageWell, you can't hover a jpeg file over it to open it, but must click the menu icon first. The next time it's okay. A bug?
I have seen other apps behaving this way, so it must be a Finder bug. Xray, if you open it to empty the trash as root - the first time you can't use the shortcut, you have to open the menu the first time to activate it - then you can use the shortcut as many times as you like.

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10.3: Make shortcuts in the Finder's File menu work again
Authored by: earthsaver on Dec 03, '03 12:17:07PM

I've experienced the same glitch and solution, usually when trying to close a window with Command+W. Didn't give it much attention, though, because I have lots of inconsistencies on my Lombard.

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10.3: Make shortcuts in the Finder's File menu work again
Authored by: davidcrickett on Dec 03, '03 03:42:19PM

My normal Finder shortcuts work, also the ones I've implemented myself, as control+alt+command+c for clipboard (I've missed a shortcut for that!) and alt+z for zipping a file. It's only third party apps and the menu line I've experienced a buggy behavior with. No, wait a minute, the first time I put those additional shortcuts in the Finder, I lost them again. Second time they stuck, though. If you have trouble with command+w maybe you should do something about it.

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10.3: Make shortcuts in the Finder's File menu work again
Authored by: jakacmar on Dec 03, '03 06:59:19PM

I too have been experiencing this problem since installing Panther. Asked someone at the Apple Store if it was common but of course they'd never heard of it.
As far as I know this only occurs if you're using List or Column view in the Finder. Another quick way to correct the problem is just to change views for the folder you're working in by hitting Command-1 (or 2 or 3 depending on what view your in) and then switching right back. If you're like me and don't use the mouse very often to navigate this is much more convenient then clicking in the menu bar.
This usually corrects the problem for most of the shortcuts (such as Move to Trash) however I've found it doesn't always work with Command-w (Close Window) Oh well.



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10.3: Make shortcuts in the Finder's File menu work again
Authored by: diamondsw on Dec 03, '03 11:36:43AM

Thank goodness - I thought it was just me.



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10.3: Make shortcuts in the Finder's File menu work again
Authored by: belette on Dec 03, '03 12:59:01PM

I thought it was me, as well. Glad to know it's not my keyboard not responding or something...



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10.3: Make shortcuts in the Finder's File menu work again
Authored by: LC on Dec 03, '03 04:01:59PM

I've seen occasionally that an application's main window loses
focus and you can't click-select it (for example, Safari). When I
see that, I cmd-tab to select another running application, then
switch back to the one that wasn't focused and it fixes it. I wonder
whether the Finder might sometimes have that sort of issue (but
this may not be relevant to the keyboard shortcuts;). Larry.



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10.3: Make shortcuts in the Finder's File menu work again
Authored by: Bookman on Dec 03, '03 04:28:39PM

I've had the unresponsive-window-in-the-background problem with Mail.app. If I recall, I used Force Quit to solve that ("take that! you *&^%# program!"), but this is obviously overkill. I will try the Command-Tab solution next time it happens. Thanks.

--Books



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10.3: Make shortcuts in the Finder's File menu work again
Authored by: JimMueller on Dec 03, '03 05:16:43PM

I have encountered this too, but just clicking on the icon of the unresponsive app in the Dock brings its focus back for me.



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This happens with Services shortcuts
Authored by: Cantus on Dec 03, '03 09:24:09PM

This bug is related to unresponsive shortcuts in the Services menu of any application. I believe it has been present since Jaguar.

(The Services menu in under the application's Application menu, which is the leftmost menu bearing the name of the application in bold)

It works like this:

•You know a keyboard shortcut from the Services menu that you know it will be active in application X.
•You launch application X.
•You hit this shortcut using the keyboard.
•You hear a beep, and nothing happens. You keep trying and nothing. Only beeps.

How do you fix this?

You simply click the Application menu to display it! (or you can use Control-F2 to display the menu if you have Keyboard Navigation enabled in System Preferences.)

Now you hit the same shortcut with the keyboard again and it works.

Well, Alleluia!

You only have to display this menu once after launching the application if you want Services shortcuts to respond.

This is a very annoying bug that I hope Apple fixes soon.



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Volume of feedback to Apple on this issue is critical
Authored by: srteresi on Dec 05, '03 01:55:26PM
I should reiterate since no one else has that Apple may only respond to bug reports based on the amount of feedback they receive through their OS X feedback page. To increase the chances of Apple fixing this bug, please post your feedback on this page: Mac OS X Feedback, as I have.

An Apple Discussions "Helper" (Dr. Smoke) has posted an informative bit in this discussions thread: Panther Finder Bugs and Annoyances. He mentions that, in reality, Apple does not scan the discussion forums (and presumably the forums of other web sites such as this) for product suggestions and issues. Also, he says that the volume of feedback on a topic "is critical to increasing the probability of a requested feature being added."

So remember to go directly to Apple with your grievances.



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Upgrading to Default Folder 1.9.2 may fix this
Authored by: bryang on Dec 08, '03 11:40:44PM

I was having trouble with the Finder sometimes not picking up command key menu equivalents. Especially annoying with trying to use cmd-O to open stuff!

Well, the problem went away when I upgraded Default Folder to 1.9.2.

I haven't researched this to make sure that was the fix, but I thought I'd throw it out there.



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