How to shift focus to main list in window?

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03 Jun, 2021 12:32 PM

Is there a keyboard shortcut (or menu item, which could be assigned a shortcut) in Path Finder 10.0.4 for shifting the cursor focus to the main list of files and folders in the central pane of a window?

Tabbing takes me through an endless cycle of interface features, but none apparently where the list of files and folders can be accessed by arrows or typing.

Not everyone like to mouse.



  1. 1 Posted by Chad on 03 Jun, 2021 08:17 PM

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    If you're trying to get control using nothing but keyboard presses...
    Let's assume you have a bunch of Tabs open within the current active Path Finder Window. And let's assume you know how to create Tab Sets (See File/Tabs/Edit Sets). Note that when you save a Tab Set, whichever Tab is selected within the Set will be selected whenever you use the keyboard shortcut. Now go to Preferences/Features/Keyboard/Go and assign a keyboard shortcut to the particular Tab Set you want open. Use the keyboard shortcut to open the desired Tab Set, and the Tab you had focused on when you saved the Tab Set will now be selected. Pressing the down arrow key selects the first file listed within that Tab.

  2. 2 Posted by vcaston on 04 Jun, 2021 01:30 AM

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    Thanks for getting back to me. But doesn't a tab set always go to a
    specific folder? I'm looking for a way to change focus on the frontmost
    window, whatever it is.



  3. 3 Posted by Chad on 04 Jun, 2021 05:58 PM

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    I’m having trouble understanding your intent, due to some ambiguous vocabulary. “Frontmost window”? Do you mean you have opened multiple browser windows in Path Finder? What do you mean by the “main list”? Are you talking about the highest level of folder contents within a column view? Repeated Alt left-arrow does that.

    A snapshot would help.

  4. 4 Posted by vcaston on 05 Jun, 2021 01:49 PM

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    Sure. Screenshot below, with "main list" highlighted in red.

    I prefer to have multiple, separate Path Finder windows open, rather than
    tabs (in part because I'm often multitasking and don't want to accidentally
    close one). So one of them will be on top, visibly, the "frontmost" one.

    By main list, I mean the file list in List View.



    [image: Screenshot_05_06_21__09_45.png]

  5. Support Staff 5 Posted by Path Finder Sup... on 20 Jul, 2021 04:27 PM

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    Mary from Path Finder support here!

    First of all, please accept my apologies for such a delayed response. I understand how frustrating it might be not to receive any response for such a long time. I apologize and will make sure this won’t happen again.

    Can you please specify if the following issue still persists once you update your Path Finder 10 to the latest version available, e.g. 10.1.1?

    Looking forward to your reply!

    Best Regards,
    Path Finder Support Team

  6. Path Finder Support Team closed this discussion on 20 Jul, 2021 04:27 PM.

  7. vcaston re-opened this discussion on 20 Jul, 2021 04:54 PM

  8. 6 Posted by vcaston on 20 Jul, 2021 04:54 PM

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    Hi, Mary —

    Thanks for getting back to me. I just updated and it doesn't correct the
    problem. If you hide Path Finder and then show it again (by command-tabbing
    to it or via a keyboard shortcut), the Path Finder windows will be in
    front, but the up and down arrows won't operate in List View, without a
    mouse click to make that the focus.

    All the best,


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