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I believe Nautilus is the file system in Ubuntu. When I have two tabs open, in say my home directory, how do I move between them easily?

Is there a shortcut key?

For example: In Firefox, Ctrl + Tab allows you move directly between tabs and that would be very useful in my own file system.

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up vote 7 down vote accepted

Alt+Num will move you to the tab that Num corresponds to. So:

  • Alt+1 for the first tab.
  • Alt+2 for the second tab.
  • Alt+3 for the third tab.

and so on.

Good luck!

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Thank you, very helpful wonder why it wasn't included in other short cut manuals – Lionthinker Jun 18 '12 at 12:52
  • Alt + Num for direct access; and
  • Ctrl+PgUp and Ctrl+PgDn to navigate sequentially through tabs.
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