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Tab goes to firefoxview and then a set sequence, before coming back into excel or intellij as it should have been in first place

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Hi, I have had an issue for a couple of weeks now, very annoying, when say in excel or intellij, I am pressing the tab button, and for example, it doesnt indent as it should 4 spaces, instead it goes outside of what I am working on, and goes to firefoxview in top left, and if I press tab about 10-12 times, after this specific and exact sequence, it will end up back in excel for example, in the correct place, and then will work properly, but only after it has completed the first 10-12 steps. It is not specific to one laptop, but also applies to desktop, both are apple, one laptop is 9 years old desktop is newish fwiw.

Tried resetting keyboard to default settings on both etc, no change.

Help appreciated.

Hi, I have had an issue for a couple of weeks now, very annoying, when say in excel or intellij, I am pressing the tab button, and for example, it doesnt indent as it should 4 spaces, instead it goes outside of what I am working on, and goes to firefoxview in top left, and if I press tab about 10-12 times, after this specific and exact sequence, it will end up back in excel for example, in the correct place, and then will work properly, but only after it has completed the first 10-12 steps. It is not specific to one laptop, but also applies to desktop, both are apple, one laptop is 9 years old desktop is newish fwiw. Tried resetting keyboard to default settings on both etc, no change. Help appreciated.

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This also only applies to mozilla, and not safari very wierd.

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Normally pressing tab while the cursor is in a web page moves around within the page (or takes actions defined by scripts in the page, such as indenting text). So if the cursor is in the correct position to indent text, it's weird that the focus leaves the page.

If the focus is on the last element of the page, the tab key may move the focus to the toolbars. You can reduce keyboard navigation of toolbars using the following setting and see whether that helps with the Excel problem:

(1) In a new tab, type or paste about:config in the address bar and press Enter/Return. Click the button accepting the risk.

More info on about:config: Configuration Editor for Firefox. The moderators would like us to remind you that changes made through this back door aren't fully supported and aren't guaranteed to continue working in the future.

(2) In the search box in the page, type or paste browser.toolbars.keyboard_navigation and pause while the list is filtered

(3) Double-click the preference to switch the value from true to false

After that change, the tab key will still visit input fields like the address bar, but it should not visit as many buttons.

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See also this setting for the behavior of the tab key on Mac.

The accessibility.tabfocus pref may not exist by default, so if you want to use it instead of the system settings then you may need to create a new Integer pref with the name accessibility.tabfocus and set the value to 7 (tab through all the fields). accessibility.tabfocus = 7 System Preferences -> "Use keyboard navigation to move focus between controls" (Full Keyboard Access)

See the tabfocus comments in the source code: