I have many shapefiles that require I manually populate data fields in an attribute table. I am using QGIS in a Mac system.

For speed and efficiency, I prefer to use the tab or return carriage to move from cell to cell within a column.

Currently the tab key takes me from cell to cell moving across a row and it seems the return key gives me the option to delete the cell.

Is there a setting I can change somewhere to force the tab function to move from cell to cell within a column?


To get down to the next row, you have to use the arrow down key. There is, afaik, no setting to change this nor would I be a big fan of flooding the settings dialogs which such options.

  • Thanks for answering. But the only way I can move within the attribute table is either to physically click on each individual cell or use the tab key which moves me down the row. Typically I have 100s of polygons with a unique identifier, using the tab key or the mouse is extremely inefficient. – D. Sullivan Sep 14 '15 at 18:18
  • If this is indeed the case, this should be considered an OSX bug. Please report it. – underdark Sep 14 '15 at 19:14

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