In many situations I'd be nice to select the next list item using a keyboard.

Say I want to select "Ava 614" from the image below. I'd be nice to just hit the down arrow (or combo keys) then space bar, or return/enter to select. But that doesn't work. Up arrow selects the last item of the list, and down arrow selects the first item of the list.

Is there a way to select the next item in a list using the keyboard?

mac dropdown list

There's a similar question, but still doesn't answer this specific question.

Side question: is there isn't a system global shortcut is there one for Adobe Premiere CC?

  • from my experience, this works without any special settings. Commented Aug 27, 2017 at 19:58
  • @Jackson1442 You're right, I tried in a browser and in an app. I guess it might be a Adobe specific thing then. Side question, what do you use for screen recorder?
    – iDev247
    Commented Aug 28, 2017 at 0:03
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    just quicktime then converted to gif with a website. Open quicktime then select Screen Recording under the File menu Commented Aug 28, 2017 at 0:24

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Looks to me that this is an Adobe-specific problem. In standard macOS dropdown menus, you can navigate to and select the item you want using only the keyboard.

Up/Down keys move the cursor on the dropdown, while space is how you select the item you want. You can navigate to/from the menu using Tab. Here's an example.

Bonus tip: you can also quickly navigate the selected menu by typing out what you want to select, for example in a select a state menu, you can click it, then type T-E-X to select Texas.

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