Using the keyboard, how can I confirm the rename prompt from Finder?

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If I press return/enter the “Keep .doc” option is selected. Using the keyboard arrows , , and doesn't seems to help. Neither the tab key.


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Press Ctrl+F7 to enable all controls for Tab key and use it to switch the active button in application dialogs.

This can also be set in System Preferences -> Keyboard -> Shortcuts.

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    Not sure if I have this option turned on but if I press the COMMAND key and the first letter of the button text it selects that button. Commented Mar 11, 2016 at 18:34
  • @SteveChambers How does your comment relate to this answer?
    – techraf
    Commented Mar 11, 2016 at 22:31
  • In the question pressing COMMAND-U will confirm it Commented Mar 13, 2016 at 13:10
  • I have not written anything about Command-U and I don't think it is necessary in the method I described, thus I still don't understand, why do you write it as a comment under my answer.
    – techraf
    Commented Mar 13, 2016 at 13:12

In latest MacOS version settings have changed: You have to go to Settings -> Keyboard -> Keyboard navigation and toggle the keyboard nav like this keyboard nav

  • Please qualify what you mean by 'latest'. In 2 or 3 versions time your answer will be meaningless. Commented May 12, 2023 at 12:00

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