I recently bought a nice Macbook Pro. (Yes, I drank the kool-aid, at long last.) This post is not about the Mac nor the nearly painless transition. Instead it’s about one of the small annoyances I found. It seems that, by default, OS X does not want you to be able to tab to select menus in forms. Instead, the next form element after the select menu will be given focus.
This drives me insane as a web developer. Imagine trying to build and repeatedly test a form with any number of select menus and, for each select menu, being required to take your hands off the keyboard to drive your mouse to the menu, open it and select the item, before going back to the keyboard.
On Windows I could always just click tab and the next form item would be selected.
It turns out that there is a simple OS setting for this. Simply open System Preferences, Select Keyboard & Mouse, and select Keyboard Shortcuts.
Just click “All controls” towards the bottom and you’re good to go.