As a follow-up to "How to Allow Keyboard Shortcuts to Navigate CME Drop-down Menus" I can see "navigate-by-first-letter" working nicely in SDL Tridion 2013's Content Manager Explorer (CME).

In IE 10 (10.0.9200.16660 / Update Versions: 10.0.8), I had the following strange behavior, which turned out to be a Compatibility View Setting (answer below).

IE 10:

  • Pressing a starting letter not in the list will select the next item (even if the letter did not match)
  • Pressing a starting letter in the list multiple times will loop through each item, but then select the next item in the list as well
  • Pressing other characters also changed the dropdown

Chrome and Firefox acted as I’d expect:

  • Pressing a letter not in the list will leave the same item selected
  • Pressing a letter multiple times will cycle through all matching items and eventually loop to the first item

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This issue went away by removing Compatibility View.

Specifically, I have the CMS in Local Intranet Zone per the documentation (which also solved Blocked CSS files for Session Preview only in Internet Explorer). In this case, I had to uncheck "Display intranet sites in Compatibility View" Tools > Compatibility View Settings, close the component and try again.

Using IE's developer tools (F12) reminded me the setting was wrong. You'll see something like:

  • HTML1201: cms-domain is a website you've added to Compatibility View.
  • HTML1202: http://cms-domain/WebUI/item.aspx?tcm=16 is running in Compatibility View because 'Display intranet sites in Compatibility View' is checked.

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