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Is there a keyboard shortcut to deselect a selected file in Nautilus?

I'm asking because I often use a key to open to context menu (right click menu) but it's different depending on if a file is selected or not. For example, I can't create a new directory while a file is selected.

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You can use Ctrl+Space to toggle selected item on active Nautilus window.

You can also use Ctrl+ Left Arrow/Right Arrow/Up Arrow/Down Arrow to change/move the focused item (file or folder).

As a sidenote, that process is somehow cleaner with a different gtk theme than the default one (Ambiance), the Numix gtk themes for example uses a great outline to highlight focused items.

Hope it helps.

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