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Get to menus faster

Contributed by: Scot Hacker
This tip is valid for: Both BeOS and Haiku

If you’re coming to BeOS from Windows, you might expect to be able to use the keyboard to access the pulldown menus in your applications. But when you press Alt+[the underlined letter] nothing happens. It works a little bit differently in BeOS.

Just hit Alt+Esc to highlight the first pulldown menu. Then you can use the down arrow to display that menu, or the left and right arrows to move through the other menus. Sure as hell beats reaching for the mouse!

Note that if you have a 105-key Windows keyboard, the Menu key (just to the left of the right Ctrl key) functions like Alt does in Windows.

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