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Top 15 shortcut keys in GNOME and Nautilus

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Many users are not aware of the shortcuts that can be use in GNOME and it’s File Manager, Nautilus. Therefore, I made up this list with the most useful (in my opinion) hotkeys. Hope it helps:

 

Top 15 shortcut keys in Gnome and Nautilus:

 

Ctrl-N: open new window

Ctrl-Shift-N: create new folder

Ctrl-H: show hidden files

Alt-Home : jump to home folder

Alt-Enter : file / folder properties

F9 : toggle side-pane

Alt-F1 : launch applications menu

Alt-F2 : launch “run application” dialogue

Ctrl-Alt - Right/Left arrow : move to the next virtual desktop

Ctrl-Alt-Shift – Right/Left arrow : take current window to the next virtual desktopCtrl-Alt-D: minimize all windows, and gives focus to the desktop.

Alt-Tab: switch between windows. When you use these shortcut keys, a list of windows that you can select is displayed. Release the keys to select a window.

Ctrl-Alt-Tab: switch the focus between the panels and the desktop. When you use these shortcut keys, a list of items that you can select is displayed. Release the keys to select an item.

Ctrl-Alt-L: lock the screen (it works in Ubuntu-I don’t know about other distros)\

Ctrl-L: shortcut for opening locations-by default the path is the home folder*

A useful hint that I found on the excellent Fosswire blog:

/ : same as Ctrl-L but has the root (/) as default path*

 * both shortcuts can be used while you are on the desktop (no window active)

 

And a suggestion:

Ctrl-T : move to trash (in Nautilus)

This is a dangerous key combination because many of us are used to press these keys in order to open a new tab. Because we all delete items using the Delete key, I recommend to deactivate this shortcut key. To do that, go to System » Preferences »  Appearance » Interface. Select Editable menu shortcut keys and close the dialog box. Click on the Edit menu in the File Browser. Click the Empty Trash item (it has Ctrl-T as the keyboard shortcut) Press the Delete key to get rid of the shortcut.

You cand find all GNOME shortcut keys on: http://library.gnome.org/users/user-guide/latest/keyboard-skills.html.en

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Written by nongeekboy

May 7, 2008 at 10:20 am

Posted in (short) tips, GNOME

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  1. it is very useful to the students who are learning linux. i was very much profited with this short cut keys.

    satya

    May 27, 2009 at 10:36 am

  2. SHIFT+TAB : While browsing with tabs in nautilus, when icons are focused, SHIFT+TAB shift focus to tabs. Right or left arrow shifts to desired tab. Pressing TAB again restores focus to icons.
    Works only when working with 2 or more tabs though. Comes in pretty handy.

    MurkMenthaa

    June 2, 2009 at 2:18 pm

  3. Is there a way to navigate between nautilus tabs….?

    venura

    September 13, 2010 at 7:12 am

    • From MurkMenthaa comment (thanks MurkMenthaa):
      “SHIFT+TAB : While browsing with tabs in nautilus, when icons are focused, SHIFT+TAB shift focus to tabs. Right or left arrow shifts to desired tab. Pressing TAB again restores focus to icons.”

      nongeekboy

      November 26, 2010 at 8:35 am


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