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Monday, September 17, 2007

The mysterious shortcut!

I was going to present this tip as a shortcut to quickly get to the keychain menu. The keychain menu is the one that lets get an on-demand passworded screen-saver. I thought it was really cool at first, but then I realized once I added the VPN menu to my menu bar that the shortcut now brought me to the VPN menu. The shortcut is "Ctrl - F8". If it doesn't work, you can try enabling it with "Ctrl - F1". You might also need to add "Fn" if F8 is already in use by something else. So I don't really know for what I can say it is, but I guess you just have to try it out and see what it does!

14 Comments:

Blogger Mel and Justin said...

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September 16, 2007 at 8:28 PM  
Blogger Neo said...

I have the iStat Menu bar, and pressing this shortcut opens the Bluetooth menu in either state of the ctrl-f1.

September 16, 2007 at 8:30 PM  
Blogger Justin said...

When I tried this it took me to the Display Preferences

September 16, 2007 at 8:31 PM  
Blogger jrs said...

Opens up the Airport tab for me.

September 16, 2007 at 8:55 PM  
Blogger quells said...

I use iStat Menu bar as well, and it opens up my Hard Drives menu item. It's the 7th item from the right, not counting Spotlight. It must be simply relative to the Spotlight - when I move something else to the 7th spot, it selects that instead... Interesting... But why would it launch the screensaver..?

September 16, 2007 at 9:04 PM  
Blogger MacTipper said...

Here's my theory. Ctrl-F8 opens the DEFAULT menu (i.e. that comes with OSX) that is to the far left. If you have iStat installed, it will not open it because iStat doesn't come built into OSX.

Hope This Makes Sense.
MacTipper

September 16, 2007 at 9:19 PM  
Blogger MacTipper said...

Here's my theory. Ctrl-F8 opens the DEFAULT menu (i.e. that comes with OSX) that is to the far left. If you have iStat installed, it will not open it because iStat doesn't come built into OSX.

Hope This Makes Sense.
MacTipper

September 16, 2007 at 9:19 PM  
Blogger DKwan said...

It seems to open the last menu thingy you add to the menu bar. I have Bluetooth, displays, and Airport menus up there. I turned each off and re-enabled them one by one, and Ctrl + F8 opens the last menu I added.

September 17, 2007 at 5:13 AM  
Blogger stargazer said...

Ctrl-F8 simply brings you to the part in the menu bar reserved for status information.
I think it really opens the last added item first, but you can browse through the other items with the left and right arrow.

September 17, 2007 at 5:45 AM  
Blogger Calvin said...

It definitely just opens the one on the left. I moved icons around and it always opened up the one on the left

September 17, 2007 at 6:11 AM  
Blogger matt said...

;-)

Try CTRL+F8 and using TAB to move between menu bar items.

September 17, 2007 at 12:23 PM  
Blogger sfgfan10 said...

for my it brings up the isync menu bar menu.

September 18, 2007 at 1:28 AM  
Blogger sfgfan10 said...

I found out what it does. It "moves the focus to the status menus in the menu bar", which means that it selects the leftmost status menu in your menu bar, and you can then use the arrow keys to switch status menus.

September 18, 2007 at 1:34 AM  
Blogger Daan said...

As others said, the shortcut opens the left-most menu in the menu bar. If you want this to be the keychain item, you can COMMAND DRAG the menu items in the order you want. So if you place the keychain menu left most, then Ctrl - F8 will open the keychain menu!

September 18, 2007 at 8:20 AM  

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