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The Get Info dialog (highlight a song and hit Command-I) in iTunes implements something that I hadn't seen before, but I hope it's a new Apple UI standard. However, I couldn't get to work in other Apple apps (at least not in Preferences). Regardless, I find it VERY handy to keep my hand on the keyboard and this is yet another way to do so in iTunes:

The different tabs for Summary, Info, Options and Artwork all have shortcut keys that toggle to them: Command-1, Command-2, Command-3 and Command-4.

I hope that more programs implement this structure when they have tabbed dialogs! I suppose first they need to follow Apple's example and implement the standard "first letter of a button is the Command+shortcut key" scheme (in this dialog, Command+N for Next song and Command+P for Previous), but one can home more will follow suit!
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Access iTunes Get Info tabs via keyboard
Authored by: dustox on Jan 23, '04 11:27:11AM

The command-1, command-2,... structure also works in Interface Builder for the info window. It's such an amazing shortcut, I love it.



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Conflict with color palette
Authored by: elikabeth on Jan 23, '04 02:51:58PM

It's nice, but unfortunately also used by the color palette, which means that if you open the color palette (specifically the one with RGB/HSB/etc sliders) in any application that uses these shortcuts (such as Terminal.app or iTerm.app), the shortcuts will no longer work in the application until you restart it.



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Access iTunes Get Info tabs via keyboard
Authored by: firthy374 on Jan 23, '04 12:22:58PM

Command+[ to move backwards and Command+] to move forward also works!



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Access iTunes Get Info tabs via keyboard
Authored by: syko on Jan 23, '04 12:51:57PM

and it works in Mail! cycles between the different mail boxes.. way cool!



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Access iTunes Get Info tabs via keyboard
Authored by: gilburns on Jan 23, '04 01:13:07PM
Access iTunes Get Info tabs via keyboard
Authored by: NeutronMonk on Jan 24, '04 09:25:35AM
This also accesses sites stored in bookmarks bar in Safari (single urls, not folders) and changes the type of calculator in, well, Calculator (see this hint to turn on more Calc views) Geez, with the ever growing number of keyboard shortcuts, some sort of shortcut "MegaHint"™ should be put together- maybe in Rob's next book :)

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Access iTunes Get Info tabs via keyboard
Authored by: pfox on Jan 26, '04 03:55:20PM

Though not a tab command, Safari does use the Command + number shortcuts in the bookmark bar. The first link placed in the bookmark bar is Com+1, etc.



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Why no consistency?
Authored by: OSX_Apprentice on Jan 27, '04 01:39:57AM

In Safari, I use Command-Shift-[Left or right arrow key] to move between tabs. I have been trying to do the same in the iTunes Get Info window but could not; your hint explains why.

I would, however, much rather see the shortcut CONTROL-Shift-[Left or right arrow key] used to move between tabs since Command-Shift-[Left or right arrow key] in my favorite apps is used to select a line of text, but I still prefer these arrow key-shortcuts for tab switching to the Command-[any digit] scheme since the latter is often used for other purposes.

Well, that was my two cents. :o)

P.S. Of course Safari reverses things and makes Control-Shift-[Left or right arrow key] the shortcut for selecting a line of text. Sigh!



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