With this and this in mind, what's the quickest way to keyboard-navigate to "Recently Used" in the "Places" side-pane in a (Nautilus) "Save as ... " dialog?

Currently, the quickest ( ! ) way I know of is to Shift Tab a number of times, possibly taking a shortcut along the way by hitting F6, which will save three of the many Shift Tab's.

Clearly, this is neither quick nor efficient. Any ideas?


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In my English Ubuntu 12.10, when I hold Alt, the "P" in "Places" becomes underlined. This gives the hint that Alt+P will move focus to the "Places" bar.

The accelerator might be different in another release or a localized version of Ubuntu. Also note that some characters in other labels become underlined, too -- the logic is the same here.

This works in many other dialogs in Ubuntu and Windows.

EDIT: Beyond that logic, hitting Alt+R selects "Recently used" in the "Places" bar and leaves the focus in the "Files" pane.

EDIT 2: Alt+D selects "Desktop".

  • Brilliant! Hadn't crossed my mind to think of an accelerator for this... I'll leave the question open for a bit still, but this is likely to be the accepted answer! Mar 18, 2013 at 22:50
  • Hmm, it's still not as smooth as I'd hope: when I use Alt P, I immediately land in "Search"; how do I get from "Search" to "Recently Used"? The down arrow activates the search field, rather than focussing "Recently Used". So close, but still far away...? Mar 19, 2013 at 14:54
  • @nuttyaboutnatty: Not on my system. Which application are you testing? On what version of Ubuntu?
    – krlmlr
    Mar 19, 2013 at 19:25
  • I'm on precise. Which application? Well, just take Firefox as an example: if I want to save the very page I'm writing this on, get to Save as ... dialog, hit Alt P to focus Places in side-bar. Within Places, tmp (currently) is selected, presumably because earlier today I downloaded a (pdf) file to tmp. But before downloading to tmp, "Search" was selected (don't know why; I rarely use that "Search" in Places). But even now that tmp is selected: how do I (quickly & efficiently) get to "Recently Used"? From tmp I'm bound to traverse (Bookmarks and) unmounted partitions. Mar 19, 2013 at 19:54
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    @nuttyaboutnatty: Try Alt R, see also my edit.
    – krlmlr
    Mar 19, 2013 at 20:11

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