My dear faithful Notes users,
Several people have asked me why we "removed" the CTRL + TAB keystroke in Notes 8. In Notes 7 (and previous versions), the key combination of CTRL+ TAB moves you from tab to tab.
In Notes 8 it does not.
The reason is twofold. First, as you probably know, Lotus Notes is really just a big plug-in to Lotus Expeditor. That is, the Notes client now has a "shell' or wrapper of Lotus Expeditor. (Expeditor is based on Eclpise, a Java integration environment).
We needed to decide whether to re-implement this behaviour in Lotus Expeditor We decided that compared to many of the other things we had to do, we did not need to re-implement this behavior.
Second, while we knew that CTRL + TAB was a common keystroke to move from tab to tab, in many (most) other applications, CtRL + Tab exists to only distinguish itself from TAB. The TAB key moves you from field to field. However, when you are in a rich text editing field, the TAb key inserts a tab stop. ( A tab stop is usually an indentation of about 5 spaces.) So users needed a way to get "out" of the rich text editing field.
Way back in the early 90's IBM published a guideline called the "CUE" or Common user experience. At the same time, the open software foundation (OSF) was vary popular and convened a group of people to create a common UI Style across IBM, HP, Digital Equipment Corporation, and other companies. The OSF/Motif Style guide said that CTRL + Tab should be used to move users out of a rich text field. I know all this because I lived it-- I was one of the 2 representatives to the OSF from Digital Equipment corporation.
In addition, in Windows 95, 98, 200 and XP, Microsoft has used CTRL + tab in their products to move users out of rich text field. Thus, it is a "de facto' or "common law" standard.
So, dear customers, in Notes 8 we decided to have CTRL + Tab simply move users out of a rich text field. To navigate between various tabs, we gave you several options:
1. The Window Menu, press Alt +W and you'll post a menu of all the open tabs. Or, press CTRL F8. I realize that this means re-learning, and that is not always easy.
Thank you for making the effort to re-learn this keystroke.