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When I am using focus parent ($mod+a) I find I am unable to return the focus to the child that had it before. Instead focus remains on the parent. To remove focus from the parent I have to manually click inside a child container or switch to another workspace and back again. What can I use instead?

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In order to focus the child, you can use the command focus child. It seems that it is not bound by default, but you can just add your own binding. For example

bindsym $mod+z focus child
  • Yes, in the meantime I was also using workspace back_and_forth (bound to $mod+b). So two $mod+b also do the trick. – Marcus Junius Brutus Jun 3 '16 at 13:21

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