The windows I'm talking about are the system administrator password request popups, the wireless network web sign-in popup, and other system request dialogs, such as "Application was downloaded from the Internet" confirmations. Often when these popups appear for me there is no focus on the input/buttons. I need to remove my hands from the keyboard and mouse over to them.
These popups do not appear in the application switcher, and seem to be immune to these focus-grabbing keyboard shortcuts:
- Command ⌘+`
- Command ⌘+Tab
- Control ⌃+F1 through Control ⌃+F12
I have seen one solution that involved turning on OS X's VoiceOver utility with ⌃+Option ⌥+F2,F2. I'd prefer not to have this turned on, since in my regular work hours I use ⌃+⌥+F-keys in my IDE.
I would post pictures, but my reputation isn't high enough yet.
UPDATE: I do, in fact, already have the option set in System Preferences to allow keyboard navigation in all control windows.