Hey mac, give me my keyboard back!

Posted: November 28th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: mac | Tags: , , | 2 Comments »

I’m a recent mac convert and everything is as they say, Hunky Dory.  In windows I was rather proud in not having to take my fingers off the keyboad for most computing endeavors.  However, on sparkly new macbook things are were not so easy.

Web Forms:
The default behavior it seems is to tab between text and list boxes only.  That checkbox that says “Remember Me”, good luck selecting that with your keyboard.

Dialog Boxes:
I’m also used to using the arrow keys to hit Cancel or Ok, which ever is not the default option.

To fix this problem change the settings from “Text boxes and Lists only” to “All Controls”

Get your keyboard back!

Get your keyboard back!

This has now fixed one of the main pain points for me and my new mac.  There’s not much that I have issues with but this was one that really bothered me.  I just wish it was the default setting.  I’d love an application that would list all of the “newb” settings all in one place so that I could more easily change them, or know that they exist for that matter.

Some other things that I have found:

fn + delete = makes delete key a delete key and not a backspace key.

Speaking of the ‘fn’ key, have an app that loves the F Keys like Eclipse?  You can default them to F1,F2 etc with the following change:

Use function keys by default

Use function keys by default

Any other keyboard tips and tricks? Let me know in the comments.


2 Comments on “Hey mac, give me my keyboard back!”

  1. 1 Joey Green said at 12:55 pm on January 2nd, 2009:

    Great post, the form tabbing issues really bugged me.

  2. 2 Diane said at 4:03 pm on June 22nd, 2009:

    I just came across these tweaks, too. Thought you might want to take a look!

    http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/06/04/30-must-have-tweaks-for-your-mac/