Access the Menu Bar With the Keyboard

If you'd rather not take your hands off the keyboard to access the Mac menu bar, you can execute any menu command using a keyboard shortcut. You can then use the arrow keys to navigate through the menu items and Return to select one. You can do something similar with the Dock as well.

Note: If this doesn’t work for you, try adding the FN key as well. You can change this with the System Preferences, Keyboard, Keyboard, “Use F1, F2, etc” setting.

Comments: 5 Responses to “Access the Menu Bar With the Keyboard”

    7 years ago

    Why not use MenuMate?

    7 years ago

    Ron: This is built-in to macOS, free, and keyboard-only.

    7 years ago

    Gary, when I use the shortcuts nothing happens.

    7 years ago

    Ray: Try adding the fn key.

    7 years ago

    That worked. I had the same question.

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