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.
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.
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.
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?
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.