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My primary mode of operation at work involves using an ancient piece of browser-based software that provides keyboard shortcuts through accessKey="D"-style attributes on HTML form inputs.

Of the few buttons for which accessKeys are actually provided, the "D" one provided for in this software (which yes, requires IE) is just about the highest-value in terms of time I save by using a keyboard shortcut instead of mousing.

As far as I know, the way one is supposed to use accessKeys on IE is with alt-"key". However, you may know that alt-d is a shortcut for selecting the location bar.

So anyway, using IE8 on WinXP, alt-d is caught by the browser and the accessKey is never sent through to the webpage.

But by some miracle, when I got Win7 and IE9, the browser seemed smart enough to notice there was an accessKey assignment and pass the alt-d through to the webpage! (Either that, or something was actually breaking and this was a happy side-effect. I don't know.)

Unfortunately, I booted up today to see that IE10 had been installed, and to my dismay the accessKey alt-d shortcut is back to being broken.

How can I get alt-d to be interpreted as an accessKey on IE10? (Bonus points for IE8).

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complain to microsoft. – mdpc May 7 '13 at 18:46

Try getting IE10 to emulate IE9 (press F12 to open the Developer Tools and select the appropriate Browser Mode):


If emulating none of the versions listed there helps (also try various Document Mode combinations), you're most likely out of luck.

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Nope, no dice... – NReilingh May 9 '13 at 21:25

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