For once I did not express my Weltmudigheit with OSX.
+command .+ still works sporadically.
Nowhere as consistently as it did in the Classic Mac OS. More's the pity.
The other thing we lost was keyboard buffering in OSX. In the old OS I could anticipate dialog boxes, hitting all the keyboard commands, typing names into fields and OK, before the dialog was even open.
In OSX it seems to insist the necessary UI element must be present and active before the keyboard shortcut can be used.
Just more of the downward spiral of dumbing down Apple has pursued.
It says something about modern society that the dumber (and harder to use) it gets the more people gush over it. We are rapidly submitting to the convenience of being forced into wheelchairs pushed around by events out of our control, but too dumb to notice.
+(Off to the *Tea Party* with my top hat with the 3d in the brim)+
In most of dialogs, the shortcut for OK is return
the shortcut for Cancel is ESCape.
Often, *_command w_* doesn't close dialogs
I never got a dialog accepting *_command d_* as *_Don't Save_* shortcut. Maybe it's dedicated to English version.
*_command r_* = Replace may be valid if there is a Replace button in the dialog.
As far as I remember, *_command + period_* never worked on French systems. With some applications, *_command shift + period_* did the trick but in many of them none was usable.
Yvan KOENIG (VALLAURIS, France) dimanche 7 novembre 2010 11:53:50
Precisely to your question and without the editorializing, the keyboard shortcuts on an English keyboard for the dialog box containing buttons "Don't Save", "Cancel" and "Save" are: "Command-D", "Esc" and "Return", in that order.
The preferred sequence for safely closing a document is Command-S, Command-W. With this protocol you will not lose data and you will not be presented with the dialog you asked about.
command w is close window
BUT in several dialogs (I got several of them during the last week), it is disabled.
In such case, the dialog respond only to ESC or RETURN/ENTER (I use RETURN for the key of the main keyboard, ENTER for the key of the numerical key pad).
*_Don't Save_* isn't a button of the Save dialog.
It's one available in the dialog displayed when we issue a Close command on a window whose contents was modified. In this dialog the shortcut *_command d_* apply also in French.
Yvan KOENIG (VALLAURIS, France) dimanche 7 novembre 2010 12:57:25
I think I have a similar question, but I don't think it was answered...
I have several macs (all intel machines running 10.6, recent updates).
When I compose an email and want to trash it, I hit 'command+w'. A dialog comes up. All of my macs display "Save" (highlighted in blue, which, if I press 'return' saves the email). Some of my macs have "Don't Save" /circled/ in blue, which if I press 'spacebar' disposes of the email.
I love that functionality! How do I enable it on /all/ of my machines?