menu system

macOS: How to put keyboard focus on the Mac menubar

For a long time I've read that you could use your Apple/Mac keyboard to access the menubar on MacOS systems using the [Control][F2] keystroke. That never actually worked, so I logically assumed that everyone else was insane.

Well, it turns out that what really happened is that silly me was using Apple keyboards ... and as I was trying to figure this out again today, I looked over at that [fn] key on the keyboard, and thought, "No, surely I wouldn't have to press that too ..."

Automated GUI Testing software: automated menu clicking

[Note: This article was originally written in 2010.]

If you’re following along with my Automated GUI Testing (AGT) software progress, I’m showing my latest addition in another YouTube video. In short, if you supply a simple text file to describe your menus and menu items, I’ve created a new tool that does the following:

  • Automatically generates menu “click” commands
  • Automatically generates menu item “click” commands
  • Automatically generates tests/demos for these items