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x file manager with nice keyboard shortcuts

asked 2014-10-09 01:25:03 +0000

Rojo gravatar image

The thing that nowadays drives me most often to pick up the mouse is when browsing for files, in an open or save dialog. I have been using Dolphin, and I am lacking a shortcut to move to focus to the files pane. Tabbing while paying extra attention to check when it becomes selected is inefficient. In any case, what I'd really like is a file manager with nice shortcuts that somehow gets used by all (most) x applications in their "open" or "save" dialogs, that has some shortcut for that. I don't really know how that works, but I doubt a terminal file manager like "ranger" would do for that. Do you have any suggestions?

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answered 2014-10-09 01:49:03 +0000

Michael Rose gravatar image

updated 2014-10-09 02:02:41 +0000

Check out spacefm. Its entirely possible to bind not only normal actions to keys but custom scripts to be run on the targeted file. Pretty neat.

Incidentally in dolphin I have bound : to toggle the terminal below the file manager window (note terminal NOT open terminal here) and use autojump in the terminal portion to jump around efficiently. Wherever you jump to in the terminal the GUI will follow.

Additionally instead of using split view which lacks a binding to switch between sides I simply open 2 file managers which means I can use the regular navigation hotkeys.

As a result I can use dolphin without hardly touching the mouse.

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Thanks, I am checking it out. Do you know how to make some file manager become the standard for the "open" or "save" dialogs of applications (if that is possible)?

Rojo gravatar imageRojo ( 2014-10-09 03:13:15 +0000 )edit
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answered 2014-10-10 08:25:00 +0000

cee gravatar image

pcmanfm 1.2.2 works pretty well for me.
It has some hard coded keyboard shortcuts to switch between Toolbar, Folder View and Side Pane.

F6: change focus Side pane <-> Folder view  
Ctrl+L or Alt+D: jump focus to Path Bar

See Help > Keyboard Navigation for the rest of available shortcuts.

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