I can edit the contents of a text box by double-clicking it. Are there any key commands to do this?

Here's why - I have a text box A behind a shape B. I can select the text box easily using the objects list or using tab to toggle from object B to A. But once I have the text box selected, how can do I edit its contents?

Here's a gif to make my situation more clear. I have a text box beneath a rectangle. In the video I 1) click the rectangle, 2) click tab to select the text box, and 3) double click the text box to edit the contents (but this doesn't work). How do I edit the text box without bringing it in front of the rectangle? enter image description here

  • Does pressing Enter work? – amdyes Jan 15 at 8:01
  • @amdyes Pressing Enter deletes the text box's contents, but yes, it does then give me the ability to write new text. Not ideal, but good guess. – Ben Jan 15 at 14:43
  • Try enter and then cmd-Z – amdyes Jan 16 at 4:06

If you open Keynote and click on the Help menu item there is a line that reads Keyboard Shortcuts. Click on this and the following panel will appear.

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in this panel click on the link in the middle of the panel and get this new pane shown below.

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Now if you click on Select Text you get the following selection of shortcuts.

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Maybe the shortcuts you want are under something besides "Select Text" in which case you can try another selection.

  • Thanks, but this doesn't explain how to edit the contents of a text box. – Ben Jan 14 at 18:32
  • It says somewhere in there that you just double click in the text box. – jmh Jan 14 at 19:25
  • I think you're confused about my problem. double-clicking the text box does not allow me to edit its contents, since there's another object in front of it. I added a gif in my post to make this more clear. – Ben Jan 14 at 19:42
  • Yes, I was confused by your question. That why I included the instructions so maybe you could find it. Did you look under Edit Chart data in panel 2? Maybe there is a shortcut there, – jmh Jan 14 at 22:36
  • Yes, I haven't found anything useful. – Ben Jan 15 at 2:57

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