Open panels, switch between them

To focus a panel when several are displayed, you may click on the desired one, or use the :panel_left and :panel_right verbs which are, in standard, bound to ctrl and ctrl.

When there's no panel in that direction, a new one is created and its root is the selected line. This makes those shorcuts the easiest way to create a panel.

Another way is to add a bang (!) to a verb. It tells broot to show the result in a new panel.

For example, while :focus ~ navigates to your home directory in the current panel, you can use :!focus ~ or :focus! ~ to open a new panel on your home.

The :close_panel closes the current panel and is bound to ctrlW (remember: you can change all bindings).

Copy, move between panels... or more

When exactly two panels are displayed, {other-panel-file} {other-panel-directory}, and {other-panel-parent} are available for verbs.

Two built-in verbs use those arguments: :copy_to_panel (alias :cpp) and :move_to_panel (alias :mvp). By having two panels displayed you can thus copy (or move) the current panel's selection to the other one:


The default configuration file contains this that you may uncomment to add F5 and F6 shortcuts:

# [[verbs]]
# key = "F5"
# execution = ":copy_to_panel"
# [[verbs]]
# key = "F6"
# execution = ":move_to_panel"

You may define other shortcuts, or your own bi-panels verbs.

Use a panel to edit a verb argument

Assuming you started from just one panel and wanted to execute a command taking a path as argument. You may use tab-completion to type it faster but you may also hit ctrlP to create a panel and select it. Here's the complete workflow.

You may now hit enter to execute the command, maybe after having completed the path.

This workflow is based on the :start_end_panel verb which can be bound to another key if desired.

More about panels

If your terminal is wide enough, you may open more panels: