I'm a long time user of KDE Dolphin and love the pane mechanism. I know you can open/close pane using F3.

However, I can't find a shortcut to switch from one pane to another like Pycharm, Tmux or other application allow.

I know you can use the mouse, but I found it slow to move away from keyboard, locate cursor, move to right pane, click to focus and repeat while a single shortcut could do the same.


  • Is there such keyboard shortcut?
  • How is it call?
  • How do I configure it?
  • You can use Tab (and Shift+Tab) to cycle focused element, although this includes also the address bar.
    – resc
    Commented Apr 25, 2017 at 13:06
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    @resc Thanks, as you noted it not really usable as the number of hit to do depend of the depth of the URL path :/ Commented Apr 25, 2017 at 13:56
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    Seems like this has been fixed but not sure when it will be released Commented Apr 25, 2017 at 14:02
  • True. In the meantime, you can consider setting the address bar to editable (F6 iirc). Then you should be able to cycle over it with a single Tab, although it's still 3 Tab's per split.
    – resc
    Commented Apr 25, 2017 at 14:05

2 Answers 2


Dolphin version 17.08.3

There is an option is Settings > Configure Dolphin… > General to use Tab to switch between panes:


  • is tab the <kbd>Tab</kbd> key or the feature? Commented Nov 21, 2017 at 13:29
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    Tab key on keyboard
    – kirill-a
    Commented Nov 21, 2017 at 13:35

Konqueror is quite close to dolphin in terms of user experience. You could run konqueror, go to settings > Load View Profile > Midnight commander. It will automatically split in half, you can use tab / shift-tab to switch between panes, plus you have an extra konsole at the bottom. You also get a green indicator below each pane to show which one has the focus.

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As a side note, I like how konqueror shows a preview of PDF document directly in the pane. You can then Alt-left to go back in history and return to folder view.

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    question is specific to Dolphin not konqueror Commented Sep 27, 2017 at 12:29

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