I've been able to configure a keyboard driven workflow in Preview.app using Karabiner and Keyboard->Shortcuts but there's one situation I can't seem to find a way to avoid using the mouse: Done to clear Find results.

To clarify: Figure

Is it possible to trigger this via the keyboard? I'm on El Capitan (Preview.app version 8.1)

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Esc works for me - no Karabiner necessary.

  • I'm not sure the context in which Esc works for you but the result of the following steps results in nothing more than an "error" sound: 1. Search for term with Find (non fullscreen mode) 2. Press Esc
    – jsuth
    Aug 10, 2017 at 9:52
  • Open pdf, hit cmd/F, type "test", hit Esc.
    – Tetsujin
    Aug 10, 2017 at 10:02
  • Hmm. Yeah, I don't get the same results. I'm not sure how view options might affect this. My preference is to set the toolbar hidden. I found that if I unhide the toolbar, cmd/F, type "test", cmd/F, Esc will successfully close the results (without pressing cmd/F again, Esc does nothing). Strange.
    – jsuth
    Aug 10, 2017 at 10:09
  • yup, needs the toolbar.
    – Tetsujin
    Aug 10, 2017 at 10:17

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