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Connecting to internet is only the time when I really need to use my mouse.

I give priority to my keyboard. I only use mouse when I'm tired of using keyboard or in the condition I listed above.

Actually I can't focus on the status bar. What's the keyboard shortcut to focus there?

(By status bar, I mean the panel where time, network status etc. are shown.)

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Which version of Ubuntu are you using? – saji89 Sep 11 '12 at 9:44
flagged as duplicate: – fossfreedom Sep 11 '12 at 12:06
@fossfreedom, Not a duplicate, this question relates to Ubuntu 11.10. – saji89 Sep 12 '12 at 4:00

Assuming you are using Unity, press Alt-F10. That will put the focus on the statusbar.

Now move with arrow keys.

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Pressing Alt-F10 is maximizing my current window. – Santosh Kumar Sep 11 '12 at 8:53

Press and hold the Win key to show available shortcuts. You will see that Alt-F10 focuses on the indicator applets, and using cursor keys you can navigate them.

Of course, you can change that shortcut.

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1. Pressing Win shows shortcuts but only for launcher bar ([1-10], t, s). 2. Pressing Alt-F10 maximizes current window instead. – Santosh Kumar Sep 11 '12 at 8:53
Which version of Ubuntu are you using? Any particular kind of flavor? The key bindings I (and others) mentioned are for vanilla Ubuntu 12.04. – January Sep 11 '12 at 9:00
Isn't there any combination for older versions? I'm on 11.10. – Santosh Kumar Sep 11 '12 at 9:04
I don't see them. I would, however, recommend upgrading to 12.04 (11.10 is the unstable release, and in overall very similar to 12.04) – January Sep 11 '12 at 9:10

Alt + F10 moves the focus to the top bar.
Now to select the indicator applet items, use the left arrow key <.

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Is it specific to 12.04?, because it is behaving different with that shortcut. – Santosh Kumar Sep 11 '12 at 8:54
I'm using Ubuntu 12.04, and I tested it before posting this. On pressing and holding <kbd>Super</kbd>(Windows Key), you can see this shortcut in the list. – saji89 Sep 11 '12 at 9:40
How is it behaving for you? On pressing Alt + F10 the File menu might open up, but still you can press the left arrow key, to get to the items in the indicator applet section. – saji89 Sep 11 '12 at 9:40
I'm using 11.10. When not maximized, pressing that combination maximizes the current application window. Pressing arrow keys with Alt + F10 did not works as well. – Santosh Kumar Sep 11 '12 at 12:40
@Santosh, Yes it won;t work, as you had thought, this shortcut is specific to Unity. All answers are telling about this only. I don't know the shortcut in 11.10, will share it if I find one. – saji89 Sep 12 '12 at 4:03
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Pressing F10 (just F10) opens up the first dropdown. And then arrow keys can be used to navigate.

From @ams's answer

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