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OSX dialog boxes

July 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Ever since OSX ran on X86 hardware, it has been my primary OS – exclusively on MacBook Pro’s – and whilst learning it’s idiosyncrasies didn’t take long, as a heavy user of keyboard shortcuts I’d always been frustrated by dialog box choices.

 

The Tab key wouldn’t switch between the buttons, holding Alt or Cmd doesn’t hint at any shortcut letters available, but what does work is pressing the first letter of each buttons text whilst holding Cmd.

So in the example dialog box above, Cmd-C would cancel the choice, Cmd-K would keep the file and lastly Cmd-M would move the file to the trash. Simple, but not as obvious as you might think!

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