Accessibility: Keyboard navigation and shortcuts for dialogs and pop-up modals

Yep. Thumbs up for this feature.

I consider this a critical component. After doing a global search I should be able to use the arrow keys to move to the appropriate note, press enter, and load that note. If I don’t see search results I want I should be able to press ESC to back out and return to the current note.


@MichaelMcDonald This! I stumbled upon that use case today and wanted to write a feature request for it. Seems like a separate feature request from the OP though


In addition, you would want to be able to use the arrow keys to navigate between the options in the modal dialog box

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@MichaelMcDonald this is definitely a separate feature request to that being raised in this thread BUT it is something that I consider critical too. Please make sure it is somewhere in its own thread so that it can get the correct attention.


Bumping this. Search results should be navigated with the keyboard. Arrow up and down throw the matches. Hit enter to open. Smile with satisfaction.


Sending another bump on this since keyboard navigation of these dialogs should be a basic functionality. I get it’s not a “shiny” or “cool” feature to work on / add, but it’s a quality-of-life improvement that helps those that don’t want to constantly move from keyboard -> mouse -> keyboard.

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Bumping again. After a month. Total of five months since the idea was suggested. It’s keyboard based navigation in it’s simplest form; not exactly something that should take long to implement.

@MichaelMcDonald if you’re the only one bumping I’m afraid that’s not really gone add to your case :wink:

Bumping this one - primarily for the ability to confirm / cancel the “Delete Note” dialog. But +1 for more keyboard nav in general.

I run into this regularly (with the Delete Note confirmation in particular).

I would like to suggest that pressing ESC while a popup menu is active should close it. This is pretty standard UX across most apps/OS platforms.

Here are some examples of the popup menus I am referring to:

  1. File explorer → right click on a note

  2. Note editor → right click on a [[link]]

  3. “Three dots” menu at top right corner of note

There are many others, but you get the idea.


4 posts were merged into an existing topic: Accessibility: Improve Keyboard operations in editor (spellcheck popups, etc)

Esc will close popup windows. Keyboard navigation of Modals is still not implemented.

I think the tab key for navigating options in a model box would be more appropriate, as this is what’s used in native modal windows (OS level confirm delete etc) too.

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I would gladly settle for even being able to tab through all the modals. Can’t even do that though :frowning:


+1, Either the ability to use tab to cycle though buttons and enter to press button…or the ability to set a hot key for delete without confirmation and delete with confirmation

Been a few months, gonna bump this to try and get some visibility on it.


Wanted to bump this for a number of reasons:

  1. Improved accessibility as many have mentioned
  2. Less hopping back-and-forth between mouse and keyboard
  3. Ability to automate recurring tasks that make use of modals for plugins

Bumping because a11y.