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Good points, Gene. I always learn something when reading your posts. So I'll change my admonition, explore your dialogs but don't change anything unless you're sure you want to do whatever it is. One thing though, if you do change something, going back to the dialog will most probably allow you to put things back to what they were before you changed something.
More discussion is needed on this question.
Not quite. Some dialogs don't have ok buttons and actions take immediate
effect. Tabbing through a dialog won't cause any problems as you say, but
it needs to be pointed out that if you change settings it may. Firefox is
an example of a program where the options dialog has no ok button and
changes take immediate effect. Probably Thunderbird is as well.
While a lot of dialogs have ok and cancel buttons, it appears to me that
more may not than in the past. So tabbing around is fine. Changing
settings is something you should be careful about until you have found out
if the dialog has an ok and a cancel button.
And if you are looking around in a dialog. never use ok to close it if you
don't intend to change any settings. Even if you are sure you haven't
changed anything, use cancel or escape if escape works in the dialog. Most
of the time, it does and is the same as cancel.
From: Ann Parsons
Sent: Thursday, December 31, 2020 3:25 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Jaws Help, Please!
I think sometimes people tend to forget that you can't damage anything
in Windows dialogs unless you press an OK button, so therefore, tabbing
through a dialog does not harm anything at all.
Ann K. Parsons
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