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

If you have the extra markup toolbar visible, ++t, then there’s an extra search field visible in which the Escape key works. So if you’ve hidden that toolbar for some extra vertical content space, use the shortcut to display it, hit escape, then hide the toolbar again.


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