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When I am editing a question and hit command-Q I expect the browser to quit. Instead there is some javascript hijacking my command keys for blockquote. Either check the platform before using modifier keys or skip the keyboard shortcuts altogether.

  • i'm not as mac-familiar as i should be. is command-Q the mac equivalent of windows' Alt-F4 ("close this window now")? or even Ctrl-F4 ("close this tab now")? if so i'd tend to agree. surely there's a better shortcut for "blockquote". Commented Apr 21, 2010 at 0:43
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    It hijacks ^R too! grr.
    – Ether
    Commented Apr 21, 2010 at 0:47
  • see this answer for the means to disable with greasemonkey. script not included, tho if someone's bored... Commented Apr 21, 2010 at 0:47
  • @quack: Command-Q should really be Apple-Q (he might be hitting the Control key) and it's the Application Quit shortcut. Command / Apple - W should be Close Window / Tab shortcut.
    – Josh K
    Commented Apr 21, 2010 at 1:05
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    @Josh On Apple keyboards, for a few years now, there has not been an Apple logo on the Command key and all documentation refers to the "Command key", so the OP is right
    – waiwai933
    Commented Apr 21, 2010 at 1:12
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    @quack: it's common on Unix too. Ctrl+Q is the exit command on lots of apps (I first learnt this with FF, years ago - bad choice to put close tab and close app so close together) on Unix/X land.
    – perbert
    Commented Apr 21, 2010 at 2:03
  • @waiwai: I can't believe it. That's really depressing in two ways. First that they get rid of the Apple key, which is just iconic. Second it shows how much I've been using "modern" hardware. My key says "Command" but includes the little cloverleaf.
    – Josh K
    Commented Apr 21, 2010 at 3:05
  • Hmm, this isn't a dupe of the questions it's been closed as a dupe of. I don't want to turn off the shortcuts, I just want the shortcuts not to collide with system norms. Imagine if the shortcut for block quote on Windows was alt-F4.
    – user23743
    Commented Nov 14, 2011 at 16:17

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Javascript should never hijack commands. Ever. There is no defined ruleset for editing or posting so these commands are uselessly site-specific.


I wasn't even aware you could hijack Command-Q! I thought that was a universal "Quit this application" and I am surprised that Safari allows that to be passed to JavaScript. I tested it however and yes, it activates a blockquote.

This should be Control-Q instead on Mac.

  • The gmail editor has this behavior - Almost. It uses the control keys for all platforms. On Mac, this means that it doesn't interfere with the normal shortcuts. What do you suggest for Windows users? Commented Jul 18, 2011 at 19:30

Click outside the textbox, and use Command+Q, you would get expected behavior.

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    That's not the point. The point is that Command-Q should behave properly inside the textbox! Commented Apr 21, 2010 at 2:27

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