Can't move through tabs in Finder with "select menu item" action

This macro fires but does not do anything. (Same with an identical "Show Next Tab" macro.)

Select or Show a Menu Item.kmactions (0.7 KB)

Hey Jack,

Probably because the window list is dynamic, and someone at Apple is lazy.

Non-dynamic menu elements should just work...

Try this:

Finder ⇢ Show Previous Tab.kmmacros (2.3 KB)

-Chris

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Jack, that should work.
It is working for me running Keyboard Maestro 7.3.1 (7.3.1) on macOS 10.11.6.
Are you running macOS Sierra by chance? :wink:

I routinely use the keyboard shortcuts in another macro, and both work well.


That is basically a bug in the Finder. No idea why it misbehaves, but it does.

Since the menu has a command key already, just simulate the command key with the Type a Keystroke action.

@JMichaelTX @peternlewis Thanks, gentlemen. I’m currently using ⌃Tab as a trigger for another global macro, so keystrokes are not a good solution for me this time.

@ccstone Thanks. Weirdly, doing “Show Next Tab” this way actually doesn’t work for me unless my menu bar is visible. (“Show Previous Tab” works fine.) Right now I have my menu bar set to auto-hide. @peternlewis, any way around this? Maybe for the time being, I’ll just turn off the auto-hiding.

Hey Jack,

That's not weird at all.  :wink:

The menu bar “doesn't exist” when it's not visible, so it cannot be accessed.

You can force it to become visible by activating the “Search Help” keyboard shortcut.

?

Personally I think the problems caused by hiding the menu bar aren't worth it.

-Chris

You could change the command key in the System Preferences then, and then use that key in your macro.

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I assume by "command key" you meant "shortcut key" for the Finder prior/next tab.

@ccstone Well, weird that one works and the other doesn’t … right?