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can i use "TAB" to pull down?

by mlecho / January 21, 2004 5:55 AM PST

i confess i am new to Mac, and i am coming from windows. I love the apple interface, but a question: using safari, is there a way to "Tab" to the pull down menus? For example, when at a website, say United Airlines, and i tab to each blank block to fill informaion on the form, at times, the answer optinos to some questions needs a selection from the pull down menu. However, when i press tab, the cursor only goes to the blank boxes...and skips the pulldown menu- even if it is the next questinon on the form.

Any thoughts out there?

thanks...still commited to a

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(NT) Have you tried Mozilla?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 21, 2004 6:01 AM PST


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Re:(NT) Have you tried Mozilla?
by mlecho / January 21, 2004 7:30 AM PST

no...what is mozilla

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Type MOZILLA into any Google, Yahoo or search engine to find out?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 21, 2004 7:41 AM PST

It's pretty easy to find out more.

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Re:Type MOZILLA into any Google, Yahoo or search engine to find out?
by mlecho / January 21, 2004 8:47 AM PST

Thanks R...i tried the browser, but it did not do the trick. Any other ideas?

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Maybe I missed it?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 21, 2004 9:03 AM PST

Tabbing from field to field is not working?

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Yes, you're missing it.
by maxgruv / February 12, 2005 2:33 AM PST
In reply to: Maybe I missed it?

You cannot tab to *pull-down" menus in Safari or Mozilla/Firefox on Mac OS X. However, you can in Internet Explorer, which is unfortunate because I loathe IE. Does anyone know of a Firefox extension or other mod to enable tabbing to select pull-downs?


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System Prefs
by maxgruv / February 12, 2005 2:44 AM PST

Try this (I just found it)...

Go to your System Preferences and open the Keyboard settings. Under Keyboard Shortcuts, there should be an option that says "Turn on full keyboard access". Check this.

Now you should be able to tab to pull-downs in Safari (but for some reason this doesn't affect Firefox). When you're on a Safari tab, press the down-arrow key to open the list and then type the first few letters to go to the selection. Hitting return will select it.

Not as easy as other browsers, but at least it works!


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