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I've previously asked the question if there is a Firefox keyboard shortcut for the 'highlight all' feature in the Find toolbar at the bottom of the Firefox window. This was on Windows. On Mac there is no Alt-key logic, so Alt + a doesn't work.

So, is there any way to toggle 'highlight all' on Mac?

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Does anyone know how to disable this shortcut? –  SWrobel Aug 14 '13 at 19:46
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You can push Control + A in Mac OS X to do the same thing as ALT + A in Windows.

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It's actually command-a. Check the Edit menu when in doubt. –  Hasaan Chop Nov 17 '09 at 18:07
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@NSD: For the Hilight All feature available in Firefox it's Control-A, to select all the text within a text box it is Command-A. The Hilight All feature shows all instances on a web page where the string is found. –  Chealion Nov 17 '09 at 18:09
    
Neat. I'll chalk that feature's necessity up as another reason not to use Firefox. –  Hasaan Chop Nov 17 '09 at 19:38
    
A shame it isn't indicated on the commands (like the underlining on Windows). Is this some common design to have Windows alt-accessible shortcuts to be replaced by a ctrl-equivalent? –  Rabarberski Nov 17 '09 at 20:27
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Short answer: ⌘ Cmd↩ Enter works too.

Long answer: There's a second set of keyboard shortcuts that works when the focus is in the Find toolbar's input (i.e. the text box that has focus when you show the Find toolbar).

↩ Enter : Find the next occurrence of the phrase (same as ⌘ CmdG)

⇧ Shift↩ Enter : Find the previous occurrence of the phrase (same as ⌘ Cmd⇧ ShiftG)

⌘ Cmd↩ Enter : Toggle Highlight all occurrences of the phrase (same as ⌅ CtrlA)

Source: testing all key combinations I could think of, in Firefox 25 Aurora (might not work in previous versions; the Find toolbar was redesigned in Firefox 25, so some shortcuts may have changed or been added.)

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