How can I navigate between applications just by using keyboad? I want to go right and left between applications but the arrow keys not working for me.

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From within Overview mode; use ctrl+alt+tab to change keyboard focus. select the 'app icon' - this will allow you to navigate through the app icons with the arrow keys.

For more general keyboard navigation in Gnome-Shell, for switching between apps;

alt+tab will allow switching between running apps. follow that by using the arrow keys will allow you to navigate left and right between open applications.

but if you mean in Gnome's application Overview (your screenshot), it is fastest to just hit the Super key and then type of the app name; by the 2nd or 3rd letter you just just hit enter to launch the app.

Alternatively, you could setup an app on each workspace, then to navigate between them; ctrl+alt+left/right arrow keys. -- this is a fairly normal workflow in Gnome.

ref: https://help.gnome.org/users/gnome-help/stable/keyboard-nav.html.en

  • .No I do not need to switch between open applications or workspaces. I just want to go right and left in the picture that I send. Feb 6, 2022 at 15:02
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    ctrl+alt+tab will allow you to change keyboard focus when in overview mode, select the app icon option - you should then be able to navigate via arrow keys -- I'll add this to my answer, since you've now clarified what you are trying to do.
    – jrdnjhntsn
    Feb 6, 2022 at 15:30
  • @mohammad_mogmmadi_archangel - reminder: you should accept this as the answer (since it is).
    – jrdnjhntsn
    Feb 10, 2022 at 21:46

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