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I would like to be able to navigate the main file manager window as well as the Nautilus (3.10.1) side pane using just the keyboard (arrow keys etc.).

How do I switch between being able to navigate in the side pane and in the main window using the keyboard? That is, how do I switch between the area where the arrow keys are currently active for navigation?

For example, in the below picture how do I switch between being able to navigate "Places" (Home, Desktop etc.) and the directories (Documents, Downloads etc.)?

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You can toggle between navigating the side pane and the main window (using the arrow keys) by pressing the F6 key. So,

F6 and then any arrow keys : Navigate main window.

F6 and then up/down : Navigate side pane.

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  • That allows me to move the "focus" in the bookmark bar, but when I press <kbd>Enter<\kbd> to confirm, it still opens the highlighted file in the main window. How does one open the bookmark? – Petr Doležal May 20 '20 at 17:22
  • Found the answer. The Space key does it. – Petr Doležal May 20 '20 at 17:35

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