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I can't find this shortcut, please help.

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this will help:… – Rinzwind May 11 '14 at 8:40
To help googlers: How to disable alt-grave – Jonathan Hartley Nov 18 '15 at 20:11
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  • Install the compizconfig-settings-manager Install compizconfig-settings-manager package
  • The setting can be found in Desktop, Ubuntu Unity Plugin, Switcher
  • Change Key to flip through windows in the switcher from disabled to something else.

And the reason you can not find it: disabled means it uses alt+` so it is impossible to find if you did not already know where it is used for ;)

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This isn't working for me with Ubuntu 12.04. I gave it another key. I've ticked the "Enable Ubuntu Unity Plugin". I've rebooted. But it doesn't respond to the new key and Alt+~ still functions. – Tergiver Dec 27 '13 at 19:52
This does work for me in 14.04 to stop the default window switcher from using alt-grave. But in order to then use alt-grave for something else (the static window switcher) I also had to use @codenamejames' answer below. Thanks! – Jonathan Hartley Nov 18 '15 at 20:25
(in fact, after using both this answer AND @codenamejames answer, I still couldn't get alt-grave to work as static-switcher prev window. It was still bound to some 'unity switcher prev window on this workspace' action. So I did this answer over again, for every action on the unity plugin switcher's tab's list of keybinds. That seems to have nuked it.) – Jonathan Hartley Nov 18 '15 at 21:29

Here is what I had to do.

  • open up a terminal run dconf-editor

  • then navigate to org > gnome > desktop > wm > keybindings

  • find the ['<Super>Above_Tab', '<Alt>Above_Tab']

  • and set it to ['disabled']

  • then it should free up that binding for you to use else where.

(ps: I used alt grave to switch back one application like you can in mac works well for me and the setting for that is in dconf-editor under the same place


also for those of you that don't know what a grave is, it is the key right above the tab key and to the left of the number 1 key it looks like this ( ` ) or plush shift ( ~ ) its also known as a back-tick and is used in mark down and python as a comment like such   ``` code here ```

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