Mac OS X Tip: Enable Tab Key On All Dialog Box Options

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You know the drill to get your new Mac (or iPhone, or iPad…) configured to work the way you do: install everything you can think of, tinker, install some more, tinker, repeat…

When it’s time to get some work done that’s when you run into the subtle little things you forgot you adjusted the last time you setup a new machine.

Here’s one such example. By default, Mac OS X dialog boxes do not allow you to use the tab key to move between all the options in said dialog. And just why that is, is beyond me.

To fix this:

  • Open System Preferences
  • Select Keyboard
  • Choose Keyboard Shortcuts
  • In the section Full Keyboard Access, choose All Controls
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