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Navigating with the Keyboard

Understanding Keyboard Shortcuts

Working in a browser-based environment can often be mouse intensive. However, PeopleSoft applications offer keyboard navigation alternatives to using a mouse. These shortcuts are classified into two categories: hot keys and access keys. Hot keys perform immediate actions. Access keys move your cursor to a particular location.

To view a printable list of all shortcuts while on a search or transaction page, press Ctrl+K.

Note: Certain browsers may treat access keys and hot keys differently.

See “Troubleshooting Browser Limitations” on My Oracle Support for specific information about browser differences.

Using Hot Keys

Hot keys perform immediate actions. When you press one, the designated action occurs. Note that several hot keys perform different functions, depending on the page that you are on, such as a transaction page or a search page.

Note: Certain PeopleSoft hot keys do not work as expected on alternate, non-U.S. keyboard layouts. For example, ALT+', ALT+\, and ALT+/ do not produce the expected results on the AZERTY keyboard. This occurs because some keys on non-U.S. keyboards produce different key codes than the same key on a U.S. keyboard (also known as a QWERTY keyboard).

You can find a solution to this problem in Global Technology.

See Understanding Troubleshooting.

Key or Key Combination



Saves a page in a transaction.

Moves to the Search or Add button on a search or lookup page.

Moves to the OK button on a secondary page.


Returns to the search page from a transaction page.


Views the next row in the list when the button is active.


Views the previous row in the list when the button is active.


Accesses the Look Up page that lists the valid values for a field.

Opens the calendar prompt.


Opens the pop-up window on a page.


Inserts a row in a grid or scroll area.


Deletes a row in a grid or scroll area.


In Expert Entry mode, activates the Refresh button, which validates the data that you enter on a page.

ALT+ .

Views the next set of rows in a grid or scroll area.

ALT+ ,

Views a previous set of rows in a grid or scroll area.

ALT+ /

Finds data in a grid or scroll area.

ALT+ ‘

Views all rows of data in a grid, scroll area, or search page results list.

ALT+ \

Toggles between the Add a New Value and Find an Existing Value fields on a search page.


Displays the system information page if it is configured by an administrator to appear.


On a search or transaction page, displays a list of keyboard navigation hot keys and access keys.


Toggles the Main Menu drop-down menu between expand and collapse.

Toggles the Menu pagelet between minimize and maximize.


Moves the focus through the frame set.


Activates the OK button, where appropriate.

On a search page, activates the Search button.

On a lookup page, activates the Lookup button.


Activates the Cancel button, where appropriate.

Using Access Keys

Access keys move your cursor to a particular place on a page (such as a button or link), to another page in a component, or to another tab in a grid.

Note: Some access keys have multiple actions assigned to them, and their usage depends on the currently active page.

To identify the access key that you use to move to another page tab in a component or to another tab in a grid, look for the underlined letter in the tab name. To access the page, press Alt plus the underlined letter, and then press Enter.

In addition, you can use the following general access keys:

Key or Key Combination



Accesses page bar elements, such as Help.

ALT+ \

Toggles between Update/Display, Include History, and Correct History action modes on the toolbar on a transaction page.


Accesses the menu search field if it is enabled.

Menu Pagelet Access Keys

Navigate between menus by pressing Ctrl+Z, which moves the focus of your cursor to the menu pagelet. From the menu, press Tab (or Shift+Tab for reverse direction) to navigate through the menu.

Setting Navigation Personalizations

If you use the tab key frequently to navigate, you can skip page elements that you know you will not need to access. For example, if you always type the date into a date field and then press Tab to move quickly to the next field rather than opening the calendar prompt, selecting the date, and then closing the prompt, then you can set your navigation personalizations to always tab over the calendar prompt. To do this:

  1. Select select My Personalizations in the main menu.

    The Personalizations page appears.

  2. Click the Personalize Navigation Personalizations link.

  3. Select the options that you want to personalize, and click OK.