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This is a simple hint, but one that took me a while to figure out. I like to enter most anything I can from the keyboard, rather than using the mouse or trackpad. It frustrated me that I couldn't seem to find the right combination of Tab or Shift-Tab to access all the fields for an iCal event in the Info Window. I kept getting "stuck" at items with menus, and I couldn't find the right key combination to select a menu item (i.e. Calendar (Home, work etc.), Alarm (None, Message, etc.), etc.). The answer is simple. Tab or Shift-Tab until the menu is highlighted, then use the space bar to select the menu list, which then becomes navigable with arrow keys. Select a menu item by pressing Enter or Return. One less place where you need to use the mouse...
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Mousless iCal event editing
Authored by: waffffffle on May 04, '06 07:51:14AM

This is standard behavior for all UI controls on OS X. On a popup menu you must hit spacebar before you can select an item. This is contrary to other UIs such as that of IE 5 on the Mac, or anything in Windows.

Dan



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Authored by: dcottle on May 04, '06 09:11:27AM

I forced myself to switch from Entourage to iCal/Mail/Address about two months ago and this was the first obvious irritating difference. I figured out the tab thing. Note that when you engage a menu using the space bar it understands touch typing just like the finder (such as tab to alarm, space to engage, then just type email), but it's still slow and uses too many strokes to get around. Anyone know a way to set the preferences to a 1 hour alarm? or remove some of those items? I've tried Quickeys, but it's not reliable.

Slightly related: Speech recognition for "Address Book" will set an alarm. It says Address Book recognizes the command, but the item is created in iCal. It is, as speech recognition goes, pretty cool but largely useless due to errors (about 30% it does the wrong command or wrong time).



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Mousless iCal event editing
Authored by: ephramz on May 04, '06 10:20:34AM
I've hated the fact that iCal had no preset alarm function, till I found this genius little add-on called iCalFix which does just that- sets an alarm a day before event new event you create. The time in advance is changed with a little muddling with the plist file, but doable. Make sure to get the 0.3.1 version off the site.

I've asked the author of this to fix it so iCal will tell you about time conflicts between appts. when you make them for the next version. This can only be done by visually inspecting the day or week view right now, so if anyone know a way around this now, let us know!

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Mousless iCal event editing
Authored by: dcottle on May 12, '06 08:36:41AM

Very nice. Thanks.



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Mousless iCal event editing
Authored by: osxpounder on May 04, '06 02:47:42PM

Great hint, because you never can tell when keyboard navigation is going to work -- its implementation is spotty across Apple's apps and the OS, too. Sometimes I don't try because my expectations are so low.

Last night I wanted to delete some iTunes, and I couldn't use the keyboard to tab the focus to any of the buttons on the dialog that asks whether I want to move them to the trash, or just remove them from the list. Eventually I realized Cmd-M would trigger the "Move To Trash" button, but dangit, the tab and shift-tab keys should always work, on all dialog boxes. This happens all across OSX software.

Final Cut Pro is amazingly crummy about this, considering it's a pro video editor that's meant for people who do tedious, wrist-numbing work and really appreciate keyboard alternatives. But you can't navigate the Marker dialog with the keyboard. Crazy.

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Authored by: ChrisRyland on May 05, '06 08:53:45AM

Also note that (as of 10.4, I think), once a menu is selected, you can select items by typing the enough characters to disambiguate. No mouse needed, and no cursor keys needed.

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--Chris Ryland, Em Software



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Authored by: rotero on Jun 30, '06 09:02:02AM

The same is true in 10.3.9.



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Authored by: peterrosen on Jun 30, '06 10:30:24AM

The hint didn't work for me (powerbook 10.3.9) so I went to the help menu while in Calendar. Lo and behold, there was an item called KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS! For superhuman powers with iCal, check it out!



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