Edit: GitHub issue report

I find it hard to change focus (either by keyboard, or automatically) from the sidebar to the contents view in Nemo 2.8.7 on Ubuntu 16.04. Nautilus does not have this problem.

I want to be able to navigate through folders quickly, by typing in starting characters of folders, using arrows and pressing enter/backspace, without having to use a mouse, or possibly any shortcut to switch the problematic focus on the sidebar.

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How I can switch:

  • using a mouse
  • by switching between icon/list/compact views with a shortcut - control+1/2/3 (ridiculous)
  • by opening the bookmarked folder in a new window - control+return (even more so)
  • by opening the bookmarked folder in a new tab - shift+return, switching to the previous tab and back with alt+1 and alt+2 (...)

How I want to switch:

  • at the first click/return key press on the sidebar.
  • also with a shortcut (like tab), back and forth

What can be done about it?

1 Answer 1


You can toggle the focus between the sidebar and the current tab with F6. Works flawlessly for me in Nemo 5.2.4.

Edit: After trying this solution a bit more, I now sometimes encountered situations where F6 didn't work. I then had to click once into the current window, afterwards it worked again. Strange and unpleasant behaviour.

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