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How do I switch between options in Safari?

Asked by queenzboulevard (2549points) December 2nd, 2008

When it asks me if I want to save my password, it automatically highlights Yes. How do I switch between options using the keyboard? The arrow keys do not work. I think they don’t work in any other apps either, but Safari was the only example I could think of where I always have to choose between options.

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johnny0313x's avatar

try hitting tab…maybe that will work sometimes you can use tab to move your selection….

Anaphase's avatar

I’ve often wondered the same thing in regard to general dialog boxes. I’ve found no solution as of yet, except that pressing escape almost always chooses the a “no” option.

Perchik's avatar

I think that’s a mac thing. I’ve seen it in a lot of those boxes and I’ve never figured them out. Next time I hit one for some reason I’ll play around.

blastfamy's avatar

Tab moves the selection one way; shift tab, the other.

I’m running [Win] Safari, but it’s based on the same code, so it should work on the mac too…

aidje's avatar

You can tab through the different options, however, “enter” will always select the default option. Use the spacebar to select the tabbed-to option.

It took me months to figure that out, and I use the keyboard a lot.

hearkat's avatar

As much as I use keyboard shortcuts on Win and Macs, I’m unsure if I’ve ever tried hitting “Esc” or “N” for “No” when such a dialog box pops up on my Mac.

Has anyone else tried it on a Mac?

Perchik's avatar

N does not trigger No. I haven’t tried Esc

Anaphase's avatar

Escape works, I guarantee it. (Shift)Tab works for most confirmation boxes, but not the particular one in question.

gcoghill's avatar

You need to turn on Full Keyboard Access in the Keyboard Shortcuts preferences (in System Prefs). Alternatively, you can also toggle the behavior using Control-F7 between text boxes & lists or all controls.

Then, the above tip about using the Tab key (and the Spacebar to “select”) will now work.

Perchik's avatar

@gcoghill That’s the answer I was looking for. Perfect!

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