If keyboard shortcuts are enabled in gmail, pressing / will focus the search bar from anywhere, so that I can simply type /stuff to search for "stuff" no matter what is currently focused.

Is there a similar keyboard shortcut to focus the search bar within applications (not spotlight)?

Note: I'm looking for an alternative to hitting tab repeatedly.

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I don't believe there is a system-wide shortcut for this, as the definition of Search Bar may not be standard across apps. But hitting +F focuses the Search Bar in many Mac applications.


As already noted, most applications use Cmd+F for search. However, in some applications Alt +Cmd+F triggers the main search dialog (e.g., iTunes) or a secondary form of search (e.g., Excel, Finder, Safari, Chrome).

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