When you copy or move files in the Finder in Yosemite and there is a conflict, a small dialog box pops up proposing:

keep both    stop    replace

(or "skip" if you press option).

However, I can't find any way to choose one of the options with the keyboard.

There's no default option. Cmd-R doesn't work for replace. Escape does nothing.

I've tried every combination I can think of and nothing works.

Are there keyboard shortcuts to choose these options?

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You can enable keyboard control in Preferences

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With this, You can switch between buttons with ⇥ TAB and select it with Space. Active button will have blue border.

NOTE: default buttons (all blue) are still clickable with ⏎ RETURN.

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    Thanks, that works great. I will be curious to see if the extra functionality is annoying elsewhere (on web pages for example).
    – Andy Swift
    Commented Feb 25, 2015 at 10:43
  • Awesome, I didn't know about that. Took me a sec to realize even the "apply to all button" is included in this
    – henry
    Commented Apr 14, 2015 at 18:13

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