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I am looking for a keyboard shortcut to raise a context menu using Ubuntu on a MacBook pro. Pressing the keyboard shortcut should have the same effect as right-clicking at the cursor location.

On Windows keyboards, there is a dedicated button for this near the space bar. I have also read about using Shift+F10 or Ctrl+Space, but these have no effect on my system.

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the key between right Alt + right Ctrl? – hakermania Aug 1 '12 at 11:49
I think this would work if I had a full windows keyboard, but sadly I am limited to the keys provided on a MacBook. – Bill Cheatham Aug 1 '12 at 16:04

Try Shift+Fn+F10. This works on Windows and Ubuntu in VirtualBox on OS X for me.

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Thanks, but I'm not getting any luck with this! Maybe your OSX might be doing this interpretation rather than the Linux itself. – Bill Cheatham Aug 20 '12 at 5:35
This worked on my MacBook Air running Ubuntu 10.04. Thanks! – Waldir Leoncio Jul 15 '14 at 22:58
It works on ubuntu 14.04(Dell) too. – blackfyre Jun 15 '15 at 17:04

Shift+F10 worked in my case. I guess the need of Fn depends on the keyboard you are using.

P.S. I used this combination on a file in Nautilus (Ubuntu 14.04 LTS).

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I generally use the basic: Ctrl+F10

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In nautilus, using Ctrl+F10 would be the same as Shift+F10 (adding Fn if necessary) unless an item is selected, in which case Shift+F10 opens the context-sensitive right-click menu for that specific item. For example, Ctrl+F10 will always say "New Folder", regardless. But if a file "foo.txt" is selected, Shift+F10 opens a menu with (for example) "Open with GVim"; or, if "foo.mp4" is selected, the menu might say "Open with VLC". – michael_n Jun 24 at 6:37

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