Firefox 4 on Mac OS X, check boxes, radio buttons, and forms

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Firefox 4 on Mac OS X, check boxes, radio buttons, and forms

Postby David Owen » Fri Jun 24, 2011 2:10 pm

Mac OS X users of Mozilla Firefox, did you notice something changed after Firefox 4.0, when you tried to submit forms with the Enter key while a radio button or check box is selected (as I do several hundred times a week)?

It turns out the folks at Mozilla arbitrarily toggled a hidden preference (as they are endlessly doing with new versions of their browser).

The last entry in this bug report tells you how to restore the functionality to the way that it's always been with Firefox:

Bug 643968 – [OS X] In Firefox 4, clicking a radio button or checkbox doesn't focus it

Incidentally, this only seems to effect the Mac version of Firefox 4 (and Firefox 5, too).

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Instructions for fixing the problem are pretty straightforward:

1. load about:config in your Firefox address field.

2. Dismiss the unreasonably dire warning presented by Firefox.

3. Search for "accessibility.mouse_focuses_formcontrol"

4. Double-click the setting to toggle it from false to true
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