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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Browsing a website without the mouse!

One of the thing that I found annoying on the Mac web browsers compared to the Windows web browsers is the ability to navigate through the links with the keyboard. Using the Tab key on Internet Explorer (Firefox for Windows and Camino for Mac as well), you can go from link to link. Per example, let’s say you are on the Google website, if you enter text in the text box and hit “Enter”, it will load the “Search” button. At first, it doesn’t look like there is an easy way of clicking on the “I am feeling lucky” button without the mouse in Safari. There is an easy way of doing this in Safari 3.0 however (I didn’t have the opportunity to check it on Safari 2, maybe it works). You can use “Option-Tab” and it will let you go from the text box to the “Search” button and to the “I am feeling lucky” button. You can easily see on which link you are because it will display a blue line around the link or the button. A great tip about upcoming Leopard features that you can get in Tiger now is coming tomorrow!

12 Comments:

Blogger Mitch said...

Works fine in Safari 2, Safari 3 is still too buggy for my use.

June 19, 2007 at 1:33 AM  
Blogger BJM said...

Yes it works. (I have Safari 2.0.4). However, have a look at Safari - Preferences - Advanced. There is a box to be ticked "Press Tab to highlight each item on a webpage". When unticked only the text fields are highlighted with the blue border. When ticked each item (text field, links, buttons) are highlighted. I notice below this is the note "Option-Tab highlights only text fields" which is where we came in!

June 19, 2007 at 6:55 AM  
Blogger Nessuno said...

Nice tip. But you can use only tab just goin in the advanced preferences and setting to use TAB button to highlight every link ;)

June 19, 2007 at 7:10 AM  
Blogger donald gaminitillake said...

Shift plus Tab goes in the opposite direction

June 19, 2007 at 9:48 AM  
Blogger Nessuno said...

More: apple+tab switches between every active application. ;)

June 19, 2007 at 3:51 PM  
Blogger Cesar said...

In “System Preferences” choose “Keyboard & Mouse”, and then navigate to the “Keyboard Shortcuts” tab. On the bottom, you can find the “Full keyboard access” options, and if you check the “All controls” option, you will be able to navigate trough your web pages, using the tab key, just as you do in Windows.

June 19, 2007 at 4:18 PM  
Blogger Raheeb said...

more & more try apple+`
to switch between Windows in the same application

June 19, 2007 at 5:21 PM  
Blogger David said...

great tips everyone! i usually dont use tab in my browser, but now with the shift-tab trick, ill be using it alot more. thanks!

June 19, 2007 at 10:24 PM  
Blogger Evan said...

What about toggling between tabs (at the top)? There's gotta be a way....

June 20, 2007 at 9:49 PM  
Blogger acmcs said...

ctrl + tab will cycle between tabs in firefox, don't know about safari.

June 20, 2007 at 11:45 PM  
Blogger acmcs said...

does anybody know how to get the cursor to go to a drop-down box when you're filling out a form in firefox? Tab skips right over them.

June 20, 2007 at 11:48 PM  
Blogger Kenny Carter said...

Thanks! Another great tip for mac!, 2 thumbs up for you dude. This post really makes me remember what I've read in Cafe24 Introduction. Thanks again!

January 15, 2012 at 8:11 PM  

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