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Are there any hotkeys for dash, once a search term has been entered? For example, if I would like to go to a folder very quickly I would want to press super+f to open the dash and then type the name...

I then must type tab so that folders are chosen. Then I must hit tab again to get focus on the folder list!

Is there a hotkey for this searching only folders for example?

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@Marco Ceppi: I disagree that this is a duplicate. I think I should change the title so that it is clearly not a duplicate. This question is about keys for navigating in the dash once a search term has been entered. – krumpelstiltskin Jun 20 '11 at 18:53
You don't need to hit tab. You can hit down three times instead, although that's slightly faster. – idbrii Jun 21 '11 at 16:11
@pydave: i've tried this and it doesn't seem to be working. remember, i want to have it only search folders. – krumpelstiltskin Jun 22 '11 at 18:13
not a keyboard friendly solution - but right click the Files & Folders lens and choose "Folders" - then obviously you will only be searching for folders. – fossfreedom Jun 22 '11 at 19:23
I misunderstood. You're changing the search type not navigating the results. Tab, Down, Down accomplishes the same as what fossfreedom describes, but with the keyboard instead of the mouse. – idbrii Jun 22 '11 at 20:08

You can hit Enter after typing your query to launch the first match, you can also hit Enter Enter in quick succession to launch the first thing it matches wether it renders it in the dash or not (sort of like "I'm feeling lucky").

As far as I can tell, that's currently the only shortcut.

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It's not a hotkey, but you could script searching for folders with xdotool Install Xdotool.

# invoke the files lens
xdotool key Super+f 
# wait for the dash to show
sleep 0.5s
# navigate the menu
xdotool key Tab Down Down Shift+Tab

You could save that as a bash script and then set a custom keyboard shortcut in CompizConfig Settings Manager. (See the Commands plugin.)

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