I am using find-file with vertico. After running find-file and typing filename and when I press <TAB> it selects the current line.

TAB runs the command vertico-insert (found in vertico-map), which is an
interactive byte-compiled Lisp function in ‘vertico.el’.

It is bound to TAB.


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Instead, is it possible to bing <TAB> as to toggle inside the list of find filenames?

  • maybe (define-key vertico-map (kbd "<tab>") 'vertico-next)
    – roomworoof
    Commented Apr 28, 2023 at 12:14
  • @roomworoof it did not helped , like it still remains as (vertico-insert):-(
    – alper
    Commented Apr 28, 2023 at 12:58
  • As for this setting, I tried it in my environment and it worked, but I also have had the same experience as you, I could not overwrite keymap in another case. I wonder what the cause is.
    – roomworoof
    Commented Apr 28, 2023 at 13:21
  • @roomworoof Its impossible to find the cause of it :-)
    – alper
    Commented Apr 29, 2023 at 6:47

2 Answers 2


Try TAB instead of <tab> and it will work.

(define-key vertico-map (kbd "TAB") 'vertico-next)

Since TAB (not <tab>) is used in the source (defvar-keymap vertico-map ...), this should overwrite it correctly. I just learned for the first time that TAB and <tab> are different things...

  1. <tab> = Tab (GUI only)

  2. TAB = C-i = Tab (Terminal, or GUI if <tab> is not set)

They say it's for historical reasons, see StreakyCobra's comment (referred by another questioner @Håkon Hægland on this site: What is the difference between TAB and <tab>?)

  • It works! Not sure but can it toggle cycle like back to top if the selected line is at bottom?
    – alper
    Commented Apr 29, 2023 at 10:29
  • (setq vertico-cycle t)?
    – roomworoof
    Commented Apr 29, 2023 at 10:32

If you don't want to go back to the prompt line by setting vertico-cycle, define another function like this:

(defun my-vertico-next (&optional n)
  "Circulate without returning to the prompt line"
  (interactive "p")
  (let ((index (+ vertico--index (or n 1))))
     (if (= vertico--total 0) -1 (mod index vertico--total)))))

(define-key vertico-map (kbd "TAB") 'my-vertico-next)
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    Awesome, thanks for the seconds answer as well!
    – alper
    Commented Apr 29, 2023 at 20:20

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