Tab Through Radio Buttons and Checkboxes in Forms

Something that’s been bothering me latey is the fact that, in forms, I can’t tab through all of the form elements. It completely skips checkboxes and radio buttons. It does this in both Safari and Firefox. I thought it was a preferences issue in the browsers. I searched through the preferences and got nowhere. It turns out it is a system issue, not a browser issue. And there is a simple way to correct the issue.

Open the System Preferences and go to Keyboard & Mouse. Click on the Keyboard Shortcuts tab. At the bottom there is a radio button for “Text boxes and lists only” and “All controls.” Select “All controls.”

This worked for me in both Safari and Firefox without having to restart Finder.

7 Responses to Tab Through Radio Buttons and Checkboxes in Forms

  1. Polprav says:

    Hello from Russia!
    Can I quote a post in your blog with the link to you?

  2. Lilly says:

    Thanks, you saved me hours of trying to figure out, why my source code doesn’t do, what it should..

  3. Lyndon says:

    Do you know of a similar setting for windows XP?

  4. Thad says:

    Jeez. After ripping my form apart for an hour, I found this. My form was good all along, it was my MAC!!!! Oddly, I guess my old computer had this set by default, because I never had this issue before, but I just got a new mbpro last week. Thanks for this, I appreciate you posting it.

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