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I understand that Ctrl + F8 can be used to access the built-in Apple menu and Ctrl + F2 can be used to access program menus (e.g. this existing answer).

However, I have a bunch of user-installed items in the menu bar (e.g. Better Touch Tool, Caffeine, Alfred, Dropbox, etc.) and neither of the above key combinations allow access to these items.

How can I access the user-installed items in the menu bar using the keyboard?

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Unless they've been implemented in the right way, I don't think it's possible. I can access iStat Menus' stuff with the keyboard and that's definitely 3rd party. The others are inaccessible. –  ratbum Oct 24 '12 at 11:41
    
@ratbum you should post your comment as the answer. It cannot be done is a valid answer. –  Deesbek Nov 21 '13 at 16:04
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Unless they've been implemented in the right way, I don't think it's possible. I can access iStat Menus' stuff with the keyboard and that's definitely 3rd party. The others are inaccessible.

Posting my comment as a real answer following Deesbek's suggestion.

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