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I'm using Ubuntu 12.04 with Unity and I can't seem to be able to use any shortcuts on Matlab. It appears that they go directly to Unity and bypass Matlab all together.

For instance, if I press F10 to do Debug->Step, it opens up dropdown menu under the icon 'mail'.

How can I can I fix this?

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What happens if you use a matlab shortcut that does not exist in Unity? If this works you could work around the issue by redefining your shortcuts. –  Dennis Jaheruddin Nov 14 '12 at 14:32

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I dont really catch your question. You want to create a desktop shortcut or shortcut on the side bar. If you want to create the desktop shortcut, the following tutorial is quite easy to follow

Just install gnome-desktop-item-edit and use it. After create the .desktop file, you also need to download icon for the shortcut. Just google it.

This is my code of .desktop file

 #!/usr/bin/env xdg-open
[Desktop Entry]
Exec=/usr/local/MATLAB/R2012a/bin/matlab -desktop
Comment[en_US]=Running MATLAB
Comment=Running MATLAB



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