When a file is deleted through Command + Option + Backspace combination, the dialog like the image below is prompted to validate the operation with having two buttons which are Cancel, and Delete while the latter is focused by default. So, how can I change the focus to the other button through keyboard as I want to complete this operation without using trackpad?

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p.s. OS: macOS Catalina 10.15.1

p.s. I have tried Tab, Space, Option but did not work for me.

  • I just want to mention that you could disable this confirmation question.
    – modlin
    Commented Dec 1, 2019 at 21:39
  • That would be better. How can I disable it?
    – talha06
    Commented Dec 1, 2019 at 22:15
  • 1
    My mistake, this dialog can't be disabled, but can be confirmed with Command+D.
    – modlin
    Commented Dec 2, 2019 at 10:00

2 Answers 2


You could modify Tab key behaviour from System Preferences: enter image description here


I have found how to change the focus to other buttons. In the Keyboard preferences, there is a check such as Use keyboard navigation to move focus forward and Shift Tab to move focus backward as it is displayed below. This option is unchecked by default. Checking this option did the job.

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