I'm able to navigate some drop-down menus by typing the first letter of an option in SDL Tridion 2011. This seems to work for out-of-the-box options like Schema Type, Field Type, and anything that's already part of the Content Manager Explorer (CME).

I can navigate a schema drop-down by typing letters in SDL Tridion 2009, but I can't seem to get the same behavior with 2011. For example, I'd like to be able to press "C" and have the CME select "Code" or "A" for "Article" (never mind the poor schema naming conventions in the screenshot).

Can I press "C" to jump to "Code"?

I'd like to be able to navigate all CME drop-downs by letter; is this possible? What am I missing, and how might I enable this through configuration or an extension?

  • You mean unable to navigate drop-down's. Right? Commented Mar 2, 2013 at 10:30
  • I updated the question to clarify that I can navigate some drop-downs (mainly "built-in" drop-down choices) using the first letter of the options. I want to be able to do the same with schema and template selections. Commented Mar 2, 2013 at 10:56
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    It would be nice for user lists in the PubQ also Commented Mar 2, 2013 at 18:41
  • Its nice to have, all Tridion dropdown's with navigation facility. Commented Mar 3, 2013 at 15:13
  • @AlvinReyes: Its better, you make this question more generic and which solves all tridion dropdown's navigation problems. Commented Mar 3, 2013 at 15:15

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The lists where it works are standard select controls and your browser does the keyboard support for you. In the custom drop-down list controls (e.g. the ones with icons in them), this keyboard support was missing.

This shortcoming has been fixed in Tridion 2013.

  • +1 and accepted. Nice, thanks for explaining the difference and when it'll get fixed. I'll check how 2013 does this, but any thoughts on how we'd do this for 2011--a CME GUI extension? Commented Mar 4, 2013 at 16:45
  • There's no easy way to do it in 2011. You would have to patch the List control -- not something I would recommend. Commented Mar 4, 2013 at 20:16
  • Ok, works for me. I haven't seen to many requests for this from others and it's good to see this addressed in the next version. Commented Mar 4, 2013 at 20:54

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