Feature #8834

Navigate with keyboard through photos in lighttable mode

Added by Torsten Bronger almost 8 years ago. Updated over 5 years ago.

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It should be possible to select a photo in lighttable mode just with the keyboard. At the moment, it is necessary to use the mouse for this as far as I can see.


Feature #9435: Use arrows to move selected image in lighttableDuplicate


#1 Updated by Rick Gabriel over 7 years ago

I agree this is confusing and I wish that the arrow keys would navigate between images in Lighttable mode as well. However, I have a workaround for you. In lighttable mode, zoom in to an image as far as you can so that one image fills the entire viewport. Make sure you are in "file manager" view. Then the arrow keys will allow you to switch from one photo to another. I use this for rating/culling. It's very fast because I think the embedded JPG or generated thumbnail is used instead of applying your settings for each photo.

#2 Updated by Richard Wonka over 7 years ago

Agreed, and seconded. Image selection should™ be possible using the common paradigm of arrow keys plus optional [shift] or [ctrl] or [_whatever apple uses for this_]

This is an annoying and well-known issue of lighttable mode.

#3 Updated by Tobias Ellinghaus over 7 years ago

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Agreed, the arrow keys should also work when more than a single image is shown in file manager mode.

#4 Updated by Tobias Preuss over 6 years ago

Can you tell whether a future release will allow to use arrow keys for navigation, selection? I would very welcome this function.

#5 Updated by the crow about 6 years ago

It's almost impossible to work on Darktable using a notebook (keyboard) without a connected mouse. The behaviour of the arrow keys is very confusing - especially to new users.

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