GNOME Bugzilla – Bug 342094
Keyboard navigation in applications menu
Last modified: 2020-11-06 20:24:57 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.
Note that it's true for all menu bars. But in this case, this would make sense.
*** Bug 463934 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
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.
(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 :/
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