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It's not documented anywhere, but everybody wants to know how to trigger Front Row via the keyboard, especially if you've lost the remote or if you're standing at an Apple Store where they (surprisingly) do not display the remote! (Ironically, they don't display Photo Booth in the dock either... go figure.)

So here's is the undocumented keyboard shortcut for triggering Front Row: Command-Escape. Voila! You're using Front Row!

[robg adds: I asked a friend with an iSight iMac to check for me, and he couldn't find that this was documented anywhere. I also searched the Knowledge Base at Apple and came up empty, so here it is. If this does turn out to be documented shortcut, please let me know where you found it...]
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Activate Front Row via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: Coumerelli on Jan 20, '06 06:50:10AM

I would argue that as long as front row is the front most app, all you need to hit is escape to activate it. and navigate via arrow keys (left/right) and enter (select) and escape (go back one level, including exiting the app). At least, this is my experience on my powerbo...uh, computer.

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Activate Front Row via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: Coumerelli on Jan 20, '06 06:54:25AM
I need to add, that just hitting escape won't trigger it. You must hold it (for 3-5 seconds) until you see it activating. I also tried this with command-escape, per the hint, and - nothing. But this may be true on an iMac. Confirmation?

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Activate Front Row via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: mattybinks on Jan 20, '06 06:55:31AM

I just tried running front row on my powerbook and noticed something interesting when you are connected to an external monitor.

Set the arrangement of the monitors so that the external display is on the left. Click into the "Photos" section and notice where the first thumbnail is actually drawn before it slides into the main monitor's space.

Here is a screenshot showing the position of the image thumbnail before it slides in. The gray space on the left of the image is the 2nd monitor's desktop background picture. The duplication of the thumbnail is a result of my movie capture software choking during the transition animation.

http://www.mattbinkowski.com/images/frontrow_thumbnail.jpg

Does anyone know how Apple captures the transitions as shown on their website (http://www.apple.com/macosx/theater/dashboard.html)?

Another thing is that Front Row responds to the same slow motion animation as the dock by holding the shift key down.



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Activate Front Row via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: zhiryst on Jan 20, '06 07:01:09AM

Well, with my hacked FrontRow on my 17" imac g4, to activate it, I press Command + Esc. then u can use tha arrowkeys to navigate and enter to select, Esc to go back.

And for the record, the Apple Store in Cambridge Ma has photobooth on the dock, they even had .mac accounts setup with email so i could mail myself the pics of me and my girlfriend back to my home email.



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Activate Front Row via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: AaronAdams on Jan 20, '06 07:21:22AM

Apple (surprisingly!) doesn't leave small, easily shoplift-able remotes sitting around on counters where anyone could put the devices in their pocket and leave the store.

I don't know about the Apple Store near you, but at the one near me, on of the salespeople who works the floor almost always has a remote with them available for demonstration.



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Activate Front Row via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: hazkid on Jan 20, '06 08:37:05AM
if you download and install front row 1.0.1 from apples support site (and add a little hack), you can set your keyboard shortcut is system prefs>keyboard>keyboard shortcuts there will be a menu labeled front row. i set mine to F8.

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Activate Front Row via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: thornrag on Jan 20, '06 12:39:31PM
Front Row's known complement of keyboard shortcuts is documented here:

http://rgbdream.com/?p=52

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Activate Front Row via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: jtrott on Jan 21, '06 05:08:39AM

Now I know why command escape doesn't work to pause VirtualPC anymore. Anyone know how to re-enable this shortcut in VirtualPC?



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Activate Front Row via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: wnefal on Jan 21, '06 02:00:17PM

disable or change the front row shortcut in prefs - keyboard - keyboardshortcuts will do the trick, i guess.



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Activate Front Row via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: momerath on Jan 22, '06 05:11:10AM

This shortcut is one of the apple globally-modifyable keywords that shows up in the Keyboard preferences pane.



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Activate Front Row via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: Hawkster on Jan 24, '06 10:07:53AM

I came up with this idea last night,tried it and it works. The idea is that you can control Front Row with OS X speech commands. I haven't set all the commands yet. I named my computer "Eve" so the commands I have so far are...

"Eve, Front Row' which activates front row. Saying it again deactivates it.
"Eve, Move Left" moves the main menu to the left
"Eve, Move Right" moves the main menu to the right
"Eve, Enter" selects the current menu.
"Eve, Move Down' goes down the selections



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Activate Front Row via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: ptone on Jun 19, '07 10:35:30PM

It seems that somewhere around 10.4.9, this was changed to cmd-F8



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