Here's the use case.

I want to navigate in the file chooser using only the keyboard. For instance, typing Alt-F, then selecting Open with arrow keys usually brings in the file chooser, but there I block.

How do I switch between column (e.g from Places to the file list)?

How do I switch between Places (From Search and Recently Used to shortcuts, then to bookmarks?)

  • Try using the tab key. – DK Bose Jan 12 '16 at 1:34
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    @DKBose, tab key is not the answer. First off, it navigates only once over the 3 columns, then it is stuck in the bottom controls, between the file type chooser, the Cancel and the Open button. Then, it does not always work. For instance, try typing /, then <tab>. And it does not help navigating between Places, shortcuts and bookmarks either. – mikhailian Jan 12 '16 at 7:55


Under signals there is mention of of default bindings for some of the common use cases

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  • Hi there, please include a more detail answer, not just a link. – Philippe Delteil Apr 11 '19 at 21:17

Use up and down arrow keys to scroll through the list.

Use left and right arrow keys to toggle between side-pane and file-list.

Use Enter to open selected file or folder.

Use Esc to cancel.

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