Photoshop: Why doesn't the Mac version have the Top Menu shortcuts?

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On the Windows version of Photoshop, you can select the top menu by pressing Alt, and then have full navigation of the menu using only the keyboard. For example, Alt->I->A->C is the shortcut for Image -> Adjustments -> Brightness/Contrast. That's just one of many sequences possible. This system is what makes the Windows version the definitive Photoshop for me... so why isn't it on the Mac version? Pressing Alt on the Mac version does nothing.
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Far as I know, the "alt" key functionality is a Windows OS, not an Adobe controlled thing... According to general OS documentation, on a mac "To access and browse the upper menu bar it is Ctrl-F2". So then, I guess "i" for image, etc. Can not verify on my side though, since I don't use mac... Good luck!
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I don't use Mac either. I'm just wondering, but I'll try that next time I have to use a Mac!
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The operating systems control access to menus and other system commands and software developers simply access the built-in system elements.

On the Mac you can adjust the level of keyboard access through Accessibility tools in System Preferences. See these instructions on how: Mac accessibility shortcuts.

(And if you want to really rock your workflow, use these to create your own keyboard shortcuts to give you 1-click access to tasks you do all the time.)