I know how to jump from tab to tab in the text editor frame, but jumping from the text editor (center-right top frame) to the command line (center-right bottom frame) using only the keyboard eludes me.

I know that jumping straight out of the command line frame probably won't be possible (or as easy as jumping out of one of the other two frames), but knowing how to do the other jumps would save me (and stackexchange posterity) a fair amount of time.

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The following shortcuts work on my system (gnome/gEdit 3.18):

  • From file-browser to terminal: Tab
  • From file-browser to text-editor: F6
  • From text-editor to file-browser: F6 two times
  • From terminal to text-editor: Ctrl+Tab three times

I've noticed that these work just fine as long as I'm using only the keyboard to navigate. If I start using the mouse too then using F6 from the text editor will sometimes switch to the embedded terminal.

  • In ubuntu 16.04 (gedit 3.18 too): File-browser (side panel) to editor: : tab, from editor to terminal: Ctrl + Tab or or F6; from terminal to editor: Shift + Ctrl + Tab.
    – sugab
    Jun 29, 2018 at 16:31

I can do the following:

Text-Editor to File Browser: CtrlTab followed by 6 x Tab (does somebody know an easier way here?)

File Browser to Text-Editor: Ctrl 2x Tab


The fastest way I found to switch between the embedded terminal and the text-editor:

From the embedded terminal to the text-editor: Ctrl+Tab three times (as don_crissti mentioned)

From the text-editor back to the terminal: Ctrl+Shift+Tab three times

Update: Weirdly, It seems to work when gedit has only one tab open.


gEdit 3.36.2 on Linux Mint 20.1:

    From browser to terminal    Tab
    From browser to editor      F6
    From editor to browser      F6 x 2
    From editor to terminal     Ctrl+Tab+(Up Arrow x 2)  or  Ctrl+Shift+Tab x 3
    From terminal to editor     Ctrl+Tab x 3
    From terminal to browser    Ctrl+Shift+Tab
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