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    Tab key functionality in iTunes

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    Tab key functionality in iTunes
    Pressing the tab key in iTunes used to cycle between focusing the following three items: playlists, song list, and the search box. I liked this very much. Now I am using iTunes 10.3.1, and the tab key now cycles between focusing 17 different things. For example: the volume slider, the layout selection buttons, the play button, the shuffle toggle button, even the text indicating how many songs are in the playlist. Almost all of these things either have no functionality in the first place, or have hotkeys already assigned to them. Now, when I simply want to tab over to the search box, I have to hit tab 9 times. What happened? Is this a bug? Why the change in tab key functionality?

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    Tab key functionality in iTunes

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    Quote Originally Posted by emf View Post
    Pressing the tab key in iTunes used to cycle between focusing the following three items: playlists, song list, and the search box. I liked this very much. Now I am using iTunes 10.3.1, and the tab key now cycles between focusing 17 different things. For example: the volume slider, the layout selection buttons, the play button, the shuffle toggle button, even the text indicating how many songs are in the playlist. Almost all of these things either have no functionality in the first place, or have hotkeys already assigned to them. Now, when I simply want to tab over to the search box, I have to hit tab 9 times. What happened? Is this a bug? Why the change in tab key functionality?
    I don't know why the change. But in 10.3.1, cmd-opt-tab does what tab used to do.

    Now I'm using iTunes 10.4 and now even that doesn't work. Boo hiss!

    You can always get to the search box with cmd-F in iTunes and in just about any application that has a search box.

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    Tab key functionality in iTunes

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    iTunes tab key vs. ctrl-F7
    Turns out if you press ctrl-F7 you get the original tab key focus functionality returned to you. That keyboard shortcut toggles the way the tab key works for changing focus.

    But if it's a shortcut, what's the long way to accomplish the switch?

    (I posted something similar on the Apple forums.)

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    Tab key functionality in iTunes

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    Thanks for figuring this out!

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    Tab key functionality in iTunes

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    ctrl f7
    I tried the ctrl F7, but it does not work on my iMac. Also, the updated iTunes no longer offers suggestions, when I start typing in a field. This is really annoying.

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    Tab key functionality in iTunes

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    Quote Originally Posted by unkraut View Post
    I tried the ctrl F7, but it does not work on my iMac.
    Go to the Keyboard System Preference, click the Keyboard Shortcuts tab. At the bottom of that window, you can now select how tab should work.

    But we're not finished if you want ctrl-F7 to work.

    In the box on the left, select Keyboard & Text Input.

    Now in the right box the top item is "Change the way Tab moves focus." This must be checked. The default keyboard shortcut is ctrl-F7 (^F7).


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    Tab key functionality in iTunes

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    Thanks, Sir Dancelot. Tried all of that, and still no luck. Maybe iTunes doesn't want people inputting their own info.

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    Tab key functionality in iTunes

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    another solution?
    Since I have the older version (10.3.1) on my back-up, would it be possible to reinstall that?

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    Tested on mine, and found the tab between fields seems to work in all modes except cover-flow. If I list music by track, album track or album cover, the tab appears to work properly.

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