By default, OS X only allows you to tab between text box and list fields in forms. This includes applications and web sites. If you tab through a page you will only land on the text boxes. Check boxes, radio buttons, links and any other control in the system will not be hit. This means that you’ll need to pull out your mouse to click on these controls. Insane.
To fix this insanity and make your Mac behave like a normal computer:
- Open System Preferences
- Click on Keyboard
- Click on the Shortcuts tab
- At the bottom of the dialog, select (with your mouse) All Controls
(It’s worth noting that Apple built a special keyboard shortcut in to fix this setting because they broke it in the first place. Ctrl-F7 will toggle this setting.)
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