When adding tags to a question since enter is the (or atleast an) auto complete key for the inline drop down list if the list isn't visible the enter key will cause the form submit and post the question. This behavior is counterintuitive and more than once has caused me to post my question prior to being finished.

  • What browser are you using? It's possible your browser forces this behavior regardless.
    – Gnome
    Jan 13, 2010 at 16:55
  • I noticed this behavior started happening with the bigger tag entering design which was introduced circa last month. Before then, I was able to use the enter key to confirm tags. This used to be a lot easier because I didn't have to use shuffle between using my keyboard and mouse. I am using Firefox.
    – JoJo
    Aug 16, 2011 at 7:22
  • Shouldn't this bug be re-opened again, as the behaviour changed? (see the edit in the only answer)
    – unor
    Nov 21, 2012 at 9:05
  • @unor I believe it should.
    – marczellm
    May 3, 2017 at 8:51

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I use this all the time... When I hit "enter" in a form field (with the exception of multi-line input fields), I expect it to submit the form - saves all that effort tabbing to the "submit" button.

The counter-intuitive bit for me is when the drop-down shows up at odd times and enter doesn't submit the form...

Edit: When I originally wrote this, hitting Tab would complete the tag name being typed. You could use enter for this, but tab worked, so why bother...

Tab doesn't work anymore. So enter does two things, and double-tapping might not do what you expect.

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    Hitting enter should only submit the form in the tag field when you're done choosing tags. While in the act of choosing tags, the enter key should confirm the tags, as it did before this new UI design.
    – JoJo
    Aug 16, 2011 at 7:24
  • -1 having enter submit a form field inside of a live text area that uses enter for other operations like picking a value on an auto-complete list is truly counter-intuitive. Aug 16, 2011 at 13:40
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    @Chris: the current behavior of the tag autocomplete is quite completely different from what it was when I wrote this. See my edit...
    – Shog9
    Aug 16, 2011 at 15:31

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