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Switching to File type in Save as dialog box

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Nov 19, 2022 Nov 19, 2022

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Anyone, Please let me know if there is a keyboard shortcut to move to the "File Type" box in the "Save As" dialog box for MAC. 

 

For Windows, we use the tab button; how can I do that on Mac?

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What version of photoshop and macOS are you using?

 

Desktop or Laptop?

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macOS has supported this for many years, but you have to turn it on.

 

Open System Preferences (if you’re using macOS 13 Ventura, I think Apple changed the name of this to Settings), open the Keyboard settings, and click the Shortcuts tab. Enable the option “Use keyboard navigation to move focus between controls.” When that’s enabled, you can use the Tab key to reach the Format menu in the Save As dialog box. (When disabled, macOS has the Tab key move only among editable fields.)

 

macOS-Keyboard-Navigation-preference.jpg

 

This works in the Save As dialog box because that’s a macOS native dialog box. It does not work in many other Photoshop dialog boxes (such as Image > Image Size), because Adobe seems to have built those with its own UI code, which doesn’t respect the macOS setting for Tab key navigation. In those Photoshop dialog boxes, Tab can move only among editable fields.

 

You might notice in the screen shot above that macOS also provides keyboard access to the menu bar and Dock similar to how Windows does. If you use those features, you can use arrow keys and type-ahead to select menu commands and other items.

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