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Bug 342094 - Keyboard navigation in applications menu
Keyboard navigation in applications menu
Product: gnome-panel
Classification: Other
Component: general
git master
Other Linux
: Normal normal
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Assigned To: Panel Maintainers
Panel Maintainers
: 463934 (view as bug list)
Depends on:
Reported: 2006-05-17 08:39 UTC by Wouter Bolsterlee (uws)
Modified: 2020-11-06 20:24 UTC
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GNOME target: ---
GNOME version: ---

Description Wouter Bolsterlee (uws) 2006-05-17 08:39:10 UTC
Keyboard navigation in the applications menu only works if one of the items in the menu is "highlighted". Simply opening the menu and pressing a letter does not.

Try for yourself:
1. Open the applications menu using the mouse (or keyboard shortcut)
2. do _not_ move the mouse
3. Press "i" to open the "internet" menu

4. Internet menu opens

4. Nothing happens

However, if you replace the above step 2 with "press the down arrow once" (so that the first menu item is selected) keyboard navigation works as expected.
Comment 1 Vincent Untz 2007-02-17 22:55:44 UTC
Note that it's true for all menu bars. But in this case, this would make sense.
Comment 2 Vincent Untz 2007-11-13 10:42:03 UTC
*** Bug 463934 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 3 Gonz 2008-09-03 12:42:24 UTC
I think the first entry in the popup has to be highlighted like it is when you hit first Alt+F1 and then the Arrow-Down key.
Could this be done via an entry in file gnome-panel-2.22.2/gnome-panel/panel-action-protocol.c in function panel_action_protocol_main_menu?

This way it is possible to navigate with characters, for example "i" for Internet.
Going to "Places" is still possible by hitting Arrow-right two times.
Comment 4 Vincent Untz 2008-09-03 12:59:55 UTC
(In reply to comment #3)
> I think the first entry in the popup has to be highlighted like it is when you
> hit first Alt+F1 and then the Arrow-Down key.

If you do this, if the first entry has a submenu, the submenu will open. We don't want this :/
Comment 5 André Klapper 2020-11-06 20:24:57 UTC is being replaced by We are closing all old bug reports in Bugzilla which have not seen updates for many years.

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