I can't navigate with keys (like in Unity) in the right Panel notification area in Ubuntu 17.10. I can do it with arrow keys in the message tray and in calendar, but not in the menu with volume and brightness.

Right Top Bar

I checked the wiki at https://help.ubuntu.com/stable/ubuntu-help/keyboard-nav.html, but nothing works.

Any idea to do it?

  • How did you get there? ctrl+alt+tab and then "Topbar"?
    – pomsky
    Nov 1, 2017 at 11:04
  • I'm able to get to the Top Bar, the problem is to navigate in the right menu (showed in the picture above) through arrows key.
    – cialu
    Nov 1, 2017 at 12:57
  • Down arrow works for me!
    – pomsky
    Nov 1, 2017 at 13:48
  • @pomsky on Ubuntu 17.10?
    – cialu
    Nov 1, 2017 at 15:08
  • Yep, down arrow to go to options. Left & right arrow to decrease/increase volume/brightness.
    – pomsky
    Nov 1, 2017 at 15:11

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I faced the same issue on my Ubuntu 17.10. This could be because of Wayland display server. Switching to Xorg, solved the issue for me.

See this question to switch from Wayland to Xorg.

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