At first, I had a hard time recreating this problem because I only display the
Places panel and the
Files panel. This way the focus is always on the
Files panel. I had to open another panel to get it to go somewhere else.
You can use a tool such as
AutoKey to achieve the desired result using desktop automation.
I just played around with
Dolphin for a minute and found two sequences (of many that are probably possible):
Ctrl+F (opens the Find panel)
Esc (closes the Find panel and leaves me in the Places panel - a fixed starting point)
Tab 5 times takes me to the Files panel
Just press the hotkey for Places. By default, it's assigned to F9
and then the five Tabs
A sequence such as this is easy to define in an
AutoKey script triggered by the hotkey of your choice.
You might be able to send all the keys as one sequence, but, more likely, you may have to send them one at a time with small delays between them because
AutoKey emits the keystrokes at machine speed and sometimes applications can't keep up.
The only issue with an approach like this is that it is "hard-coded" and if the
Dolphin page layout changes over time/releases, it may need to be adjusted.
To address this,
AutoKey offers a second approach which is a bit more involved. It has a visual grep feature from the
If you can identify a distinguishing feature of the
Files panel (this works better for other targets), you can take and save a small rectangular screenshot of the feature and tell
AutoKey to find it on the display and put the mouse cursor there. You can then have it click the left mouse button to bring the focus there.
Doing this with the
Files panel is a bit tricky because it doesn't have a lot of fixed distinguishing features to search for, but, depending on what else is on your screen, you might get away with a picture of just the upper left hand corner of the
Files panel border.
If you explore
AutoKey, you will find that it can also do many other similar and much more complicated tasks as the need arises.