Making a Mac Tab to Drop-Down List Controls

Developers, and power users in general, tend to like using the keyboard for moving around because it’s ofttimes faster to push a key or two than pick up the dominant hand, grab the mouse, click, then move the hand back to the keyboard.

The default behaviour on OS X is to skip drop-down (“list box”) controls when using the tab key to move around, which is at odds with using the keyboard for navigation. But, this can be changed in System Preferences.

Screen shot showing where in the keyboard preferences to make the change.

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