Consider the nested menus structure (from Intellij) as shown in the screenshot: enter image description here

Using the right arrow key will cause the Find submenu to expand. But the right arrow key is inconvenient/slow to reach.

In Linux/Windows the Menu actually opens automatically: is there some faster key combination - than the awkward ^F2-<E>-<F>-<Right Arrow Key> way to nudge OS/X to "move along" a bit faster?

Note: Intellij has over 150 menu items so comments/answers like "Why not use Hotkeys?" are naive/impractical.

  • I don't think it's possible. I think it's done this way, because you can type the name of the command using the keyboard, and by pressing the you also move "the keyboard focus" to the submenu. P.S. it's just my guess.. – Mateusz Szlosek Jun 14 '17 at 11:09

Why don't you use hotkeys from that menu? ⌘F, ⌘R etc.

Use Control + ]

  • How many hotkeys do you want me to remember?? There are 14 top level menu items in Intellij - each of which has between 15 to 25 subentries - some of which are actually submenus .. so maybe .. 200 or so menu items ? And some of them change from one version of Intellij to the next. This is not like command-c for copy - which I do use: there are only maybe 15 of those kinds of standard editing shortcuts to remember. – javadba Jun 14 '17 at 11:02
  • Use control + ] – Andrey Kuznetsov Jun 14 '17 at 11:36
  • control-] works! How did you discover it? Are there other similar "tricks"? – javadba Jun 14 '17 at 11:39
  • I just tried all combinations with control ;-) – Andrey Kuznetsov Jun 14 '17 at 11:42

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