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Since 19.04, there seems to be a problem logging into to a gnome session using the keyboard only, after returning from a blank screen. None of the fields will have focus.

What I want: using the keyboard only for

  1. selecting a user from the gdm3 selection list
  2. entering the password

and minding my business.

Once I seemed to be able to <tab> through the user names, but that supposedly was after a mouse move or touching the name list at least.

I think I tried almost every combo of keystrokes that seem intuitive to achieve the described goal.

So: is there a key combination to get the user select list back in focus?

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  • just down scrolling is making me to choose user and then enter.. cant reproduce the issue.. – UnKNOWn Jun 13 '19 at 10:55
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    Up/Down arrow keys to select user, ENTER key to select, enter password. – heynnema Jun 13 '19 at 13:16
  • great. now it works. I wonder what you did. thanks ;) – qbit Jun 13 '19 at 19:24
  • @heynnema Post that as an answer? :) – vidarlo Jun 16 '19 at 13:43
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    This is fixed in 19.10. Just hit <kbd>Enter</kbd>. – eindgebruiker Nov 4 '19 at 6:45
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To use only keyboard entry at the login screen:

- selecting a user from the gdm3 selection list
- entering the password

Up/Down arrow keys to select desired user, ENTER key to select user, enter the password, ENTER key to log in.

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    can't log in without mouse when returning from blank screen & lock – qbit Jun 26 '19 at 7:54

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