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I have somehow set Ctrl+F to open xterm Terminal (not my default).

I tried finding the configuration in dconf, but I didn't find anything mentioning keyboard shortcuts, except one custom column with "command1" to some number, but it didn't have anything with Ctrl+F.

How do I change back?

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Go to System preferences -> Keyboard -> Shortcuts and find it there. – Lucio Mar 25 '13 at 19:28
Have you got xbindkeys installed, as ctrl + f is one of the defaults enabled in ~/.xbindkeysrc that can conflict with your other keyboard shortcuts. – user76204 Mar 25 '13 at 19:29
@Mik I'd add that as an answer :-) – Seth Mar 25 '13 at 19:41
@Seth Done. This is the most likely cause I should think, considering it is specifically the ctrl+f shortcut. – user76204 Mar 25 '13 at 19:44
up vote 9 down vote accepted

If you have xbindkeys installed, Ctrl+F is one of the default shortcuts enabled that launches xterm. It can, however, conflict with your other custom keyboard shortcuts.

To deactivate the shortcut, edit your ~/.xbindkeysrc and comment out the shortcut so it looks like this:

# set directly keycode (here control + f with my keyboard)
#  c:41 + m:0x4

Now, this setting will not be read until xbindkeys restarts, so run killall xbindkeys and then xbindkeys & if you want to restart it. Alternatively, you can just logout and login again.

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YES! It bugged me for days! I installed xbindkeys to help someone here and totally forgot about it. Thank you VERY much. – mirandalol Mar 25 '13 at 21:42

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