Option-click everything: A treasure trove of hidden OS X tips

Option-click everything: A treasure trove of hidden OS X tips

Summary: A thread on Stack Exchange includes a bunch of extremely useful OS X tips ranging from how to tab to the pesky state/country field on most forms to how to increase/decrease volume and screen brightness in quarter increments.

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This great thread on Stack Exchange has over 100 awesome OS X tips. Including this one:

Want tab to go to every field on a form not just input fields?

I got sick of the state/country drop down fields of web forms being skipped when tabbing.

Go to System Preferences => Keyboard and set Full Keyboard Access to All Controls

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Another useful tip is holding down the Shift and Option keys while changing the volume or brightness on your Mac, to change them in quarter increments. 

There are a bunch more, and it's an awesome read and worth saving in your favorite bookmarking service. While you're at it, add the Apple area on Stack Exchange to your bookmarks while you're at it. 

If you're a Mac tinkerer, check out the free TinkerTool application and Secrets, database of hidden settings for Mac OS X. Both are free.

Topics: Apple, Operating Systems

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  • Wow. Just Wow!

    Navigating between all controls using TAB has been available since Windows 1.01.
    That was back in 1985.
    TheCyberKnight
    • wow.

      ((( "Navigating between all controls using TAB has been available since Windows 1.01." )))

      The Mac has had that ability for as long as I can remember, too, but it's not the default behavior (thus the tip). Does Windows have the option to skip non-text fields when using Tab?
      buddhistMonkey
      • No

        It does not.
        The reason being that any standard control was made to be usable with keyboard only. It would have defied the purpose. Meanwhile, I do agree it is an interesting idea.

        Also, I did a quick search and can't find any reference to the setting you're talking about prior to Mac OSX. I don't doubt your remembrance capabilities but do you actually remember this discretionary option in MacOS?
        TheCyberKnight