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Why is it that when a dialog pops up, the Escape key doesn't always cancel it and the Enter key doesn't always press the default button? Shouldn't this be a standard across all dialog boxes in all applications?

I have gotten into the habit of pressing Escape to cancel a dialog and Enter to confirm it, but applications (and especially KDE, GNOME and Unity in many many cases) seem to ignore my wishes.

What is the problem?

Is consitency too much to ask?

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closed as too localized by Luis Alvarado Mar 14 '13 at 16:09

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Because as in most cases in Windows you would use Alt+f4 to close a window, HEre Alt+f4 could be a shortcut for somethin else so instead one uses Ctrl+w, escape could be backspace and for enter means add a new line as in a new paragraph to a text box. –  Uri Herrera Nov 20 '11 at 22:39
That's how i believe it is... –  Uri Herrera Nov 20 '11 at 22:40
And in English? –  Michael Goldshteyn Nov 20 '11 at 23:46
That's why there's a mouse cursor in the screen...so you click on the dialog buttons, Esc and Enter are for text boxes only. –  Uri Herrera Nov 20 '11 at 23:49

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