I want to navigate between the last item and first one in context menu using arrow keys. Normally in linux it would go to bottom when I press the up arrow key when in first item. But in MacOS it stays in the first one. How can I activate that circular behavior?

I did some search but couldn't find anything.

First item is highlighted

Then I need to navigate all the way down in order to select the last one

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    Please consider putting your solution as an answer instead of editing your question. This will allow for others that come across this question to have another option they can use.
    – agarza
    Commented Aug 29, 2021 at 15:47

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In order to jump from the top item on the context menu to the bottom item on the context menu, and from the bottom item on the context menu to the top item on the context menu, you need to use the key in conjunction with the down-arrow and up-arrow respectively.

Press ⌘ Up-Arrow to highlight the top item on the context menu, releasing the keys, then press ⌘ Down-Arrow to highlight the bottom item on the context menu.

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    In my quick testing, the alt key works as well. Commented Aug 14, 2021 at 6:50
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    Throughout all of macOS, cmd+arrow normally means "to beginning" or "to end" (of line, or document, etc.). Alt+arrow skips only a "section" (word or line) at a time, always smaller than cmd+arrow, so it's interesting they have the same behaviour here.
    – minseong
    Commented Aug 14, 2021 at 7:48
  • I was using cmd+arrow for another shortcut. It is good that alt+arrow also works. Thanks a lot! Altough it seems I'll need to change my shortcuts as I miss some default behaviors currently.
    – A. Sahin
    Commented Aug 17, 2021 at 22:14

Found a perfect solution. I realized that when you type a letter, selection directly jumps into the item that starts with that letter. You can type words and it goes to first match. That's really useful.

Sometimes I don't get why Apple lacks some features but then I realize I don't actually need them.

I won't change the selected answer as it exactly explains what I've asked. But I'm also sharing this as it helped me to solve the issue I was having.

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    Might be worth noting that using the first letter is language-sensitive while Cmd-Arrow isn't
    – nohillside
    Commented Aug 30, 2021 at 9:25

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