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:

This makes those shortcuts 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).

The preview panel


It's not immediately focused on creation, because most often you'll want to preview a few files and it's convenient to stay in the tree to navigate. To focus it, for example to scroll it, do ctrl again.

Files that can't be interpreted as text or image are shown as binary:


You can search with fuzzy patterns or regular expressions inside a text preview panel:


You can go from the selected matched line to the unfiltered text, at the right place, with ctrl (and then back to the list of matching lines with ctrl).

Hopefully this blog post should make the complete search workflow look natural.

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"
# internal = ":copy_to_panel"
# [[verbs]]
# key = "F6"
# internal = ":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: