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iCal uses fn key in Go to Date window Apps
If you want to jump to a specific date in iCal using keyboard shortcuts, you'll need to add the 'fn' key to your arsenal.

If you select Go to Date... from iCal's View menu, you may have noticed the the typical OS X keyboard shortcuts do not seem to work. Pressing 'esc' does not activate the Cancel button, and pressing 'return' does not activate the Show button (despite it having the throbbing blue default appearance).

But using the 'fn' key and and then pressing 'return' will activate the default Show button.

Note: Even on a keyboard with a separate 'enter' key (which is what fn-return is supposed to activate) hitting simply 'enter' will not activate the button. The 'fn' key is required there also.

[crarko adds: I tested this on a MacBook, and it works as described. I also found that Ctrl+Enter Ctrl+Escape worked on a desktop Mac with a keyboard that didn't have a 'fn' key. Other combinations may work as well. The thing to take away here is that the behavior of this shortcut in iCal is quite inconsistent with the standard interface, for no apparent reason.]
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iCal uses fn key in Go to Date window
Authored by: scotty321 on Mar 01, '11 07:41:23AM

Yeah, it was hundreds of little iCal bugs like this that made me finally switch to BusyCal over a year ago. I have NEVER even launched iCal once since switching to BusyCal... it is superior to iCal in every single way. I don't understand why the Apple people just don't "get" calendaring, but lucky for us, the people at BusyCal do.



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iCal uses fn key in Go to Date window
Authored by: jhaffner on Mar 01, '11 08:58:17AM

This lack of response has been driving me crazy. Thanks for letting me know about the 'ctrl' option. The buttons look like you should be able to move to the date without touching the mouse. Why did they change this from the standard interface?

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iCal uses fn key in Go to Date window
Authored by: hj45lp on Mar 01, '11 10:40:45AM

Thank you, thank you, thank you for solving the riddle of the non-pressable blue button! And shame of Apple, for being so inconsistent.



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iCal uses fn key in Go to Date window
Authored by: auco on Mar 01, '11 09:06:31AM

btw, there is a fn key on desktop keyboards as well (at least on my Apple aluminium keyboard), but not on the spot where you might expect it to be: it should be located above the delete key, right next to the backspace key



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iCal uses fn key in Go to Date window
Authored by: travieso on Mar 01, '11 12:05:07PM

Using my Apple Extended Keyboard, I always use CMD-Enter to dismiss the dialog. No use of the function key required...



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iCal uses fn key in Go to Date window
Authored by: joekewe on Mar 01, '11 01:40:16PM

Like many other situations where ESC won't work, CMD-Period also works as Cancel.



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Great for some other programs too
Authored by: everkleer80 on Mar 02, '11 12:51:58PM

I wasn't too impressed by this hint at first - it's a good hint, I just never use Go To Date in iCal. But then I realized this is useful in other programs too. There is a program I use called Paperless to store all my documents, and when I import a document it comes up with a dialog where I can enter information such as the date of the document. I have always been annoyed that the return key would not work while the focus was on the date field and I always had to tab off the date field before hitting return. FN-Return works in that case, so I am guessing there might be a bug in the OS in which return does not click the default button when using a date field. I also use a program called MoneyDance which has several dialogs in which the return key won't work; in this case, FN-return did not work either, but CTRL-return worked, as mentioned by crarko. So thank you for the hint! 5 stars!

Edited on Mar 02, '11 12:54:12PM by everkleer80



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iCal uses fn key in Go to Date window
Authored by: llee on Mar 03, '11 10:08:02AM

Command - escape dismisses the "Go to Date..." dialog OMM.



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