After switching to OS X, one thing I’ve always missed in Windows and Linux is the ability to spawn menus using Alt F. Today I realized that OS X has two ways to accomplish this.

  • By arrows: Ctrl + F2 lets you navigate menus with arrow keys.
  • By typing: / will get you the help menu.

Spotlight for menus

The / shortcut is essentially a Spotlight for menu items—it opens the help menu where you can type in the menu item you want. Not all applications support it, though.

Full keyboard access

Under the Keyboard preference pane, there’s an option for Full Keyboard Access. I suggest enabling this, as this lets you navigate through file save windows with just the keyboard.

More shortcuts

Key Description
^ F1 Turn keyboard access on/off
^ F2 Menu bar
^ F3 Dock
^ F5 Toolbar
^ F6 Floating window
^ F8 Status menu
/ Help