With PC, alt-something opens the something in the main menu. Does Mac have similar function? For example, is there a way to open View menu as if I click it?

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Try CtrlF2 - that should highlight the Apple-symbol on the main menubar.

edit: The cursor keys and Enter then allow you to navigate, drill-down and ultimately select an item - just as you can on Windows.

also - can't claim credit for this, I learnt it here on the site! What are your favorite Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts?

  • You can then use arrows and letters to navigate to the other menus and their items.
    – user588
    Commented Sep 8, 2010 at 17:45
  • @mankoff - sorry, yeah - good point! I'll edit my answer accordingly. Cheers!
    – robsoft
    Commented Sep 8, 2010 at 18:05
  • apple.stackexchange.com/a/28168/327705 refer to this answer, it is working perfectly. Commented Apr 12, 2019 at 2:03

There are two approaches to try: Control ^F2 or Command ⌘Shift ⇧Slash /

Advantages compared of both solution:

Feature Control ^F2 Command ⌘Shift ⇧Slash /
Starts on menu side Left side Right side
Starts on menu item Help
Menu state is Highlighted Opened
Hand to use Left hand Right hand
Closer to arrow keys no yes
One hand operation no yes

Personally I prefer the second solution since it is closer to navigation arrow keys and the menu is already opened and only one hand, ie. right hand ☜ is involved into the operation.

Note: Some menu options are altered while holding the Option ⌥ key!

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