January 29th, 2004 • 1:35 am
I have always had problems with this shortcut.
The fundamental issue is that, on my Canadian CSA keyboard (and on the U.S. keyboard), “+” is not a key. It’s what can be obtained by pressing the Shift key in combination with the “=” key.
So when an application says that the keyboard shorcut for making text bigger is “cmd-+”, as Safari does, does it mean that you have to hold down the Shift key as well (i.e. press cmd-shift-=)?
Not in Safari. In Safari, if you press cmd-=, you get the desired behaviour.
On the other hand, in Mail, you also have a “Make Text Bigger” command for email messages that are formatted in HTML. The command is not available via Mail’s menus, so there are no keyboard shortcuts specified anywhere. But you can add the “Bigger” and “Smaller” buttons to your toolbar using the “Customize Toolbar…” command. And these commands have keyboard shortcuts as well.
The trouble is that, in Mail, “cmd-=” does not work. The keyboard shorcut is actually “cmd-+”, i.e. “cmd-shift-=”.
It’s the type of inconsistency across applications that can be rather annoying, especially knowing that both applications are developed by Apple and included in Mac OS X.