Sometimes when your mouse is not working you can use keyboard shortcuts to fill out a form or even simply select a check box. It would be lovely to be able to remember each and every keyboard shortcut to fill out a form, but this is probably impossible for most of us.. Therefore I will list the keyboard shortcuts to fill out a form in order of importance.
Knowing what field is selected
The first main fact that we need to know is that when an item is active on a form (that means it is selected for you to fill in), there will be a dotted border around it.
See the screenshot below. I have made the submit button active. I did this by using the tab key to get to the submit button.
Ok so now you know which part of the form is selected, you can now fill in a form using the following keyboard shortcuts.
#1. Moving from one text field to the next
If you press the tab key you can move from one filed to another in a form. For example you might fill out your first name, then you can press the TAB key to move to the next form field which might be called “last name”. This also works when navigating through a Windows dialog box.
#2. Select or deselect a check box
Just say you would like to select something liking adding a tick to a check box. All you have to do is navigate to the area you want to select as shown above and then press the spacebar on the keyboard to make a tick. Then you can navigate down to the apply button or the ok button. You will do all the moving by using the Tab key.
#3. Pressing buttons like OK or Apply
You can press buttons by pressing the enter key on the keyboard. This is equivalent to clicking the selected button (the one that is outlined and selected)
#4. Cancel button
Pressing the ESC key is equivalent to clicking the Cancel button.
#5. Move back
Just like the TAB key moves you from one filed to the next SHIFT+TAB can move you back to the previous filed.