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I can use tab to change between foci, e.g. if my focus is Kerbin and I hit tab, focus shifts to the Mun. However to go back without cycling through every celestial object requires pressing shift +tab, which fires the throttle, which alters my course. Is there any way around this?

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Change your throttle bindings! :P –  kalina Dec 24 '12 at 15:52
    
@pixel I am not sure this is even possible! –  fredley Dec 24 '12 at 15:54
    
Me either to be honest, it would make sense it is because the wiki mentions "default" bindings, but I've never actually looked through any of the menus in KSP –  kalina Dec 24 '12 at 15:55
    
Have you tried minimizing the nav ball? –  MBraedley Dec 24 '12 at 19:18
    
@MBraedley Good plan –  fredley Dec 24 '12 at 21:14
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I've found two potential solutions to this:

Minimize the Nav Ball - this prevents shift from activating the thrusters

Double-click to focus - If you can see an object, you can double click to focus on it.

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I have nothing to say about toggling through planets, but if you go to the Tracking Station and double-click a spacecraft, you will focus on that craft.

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This doesn't add anything that isn't already in the other answer. –  Ullallulloo Aug 20 '13 at 0:23
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