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I am very new to Ubuntu, and I'm having a problem that I don't know how to get it fixed. I even tried looking it up on the web for answers, but maybe I don't know the right terms to search for it.

I work with IntelliJ IDEA, an application for development. And I am very used to the keyboard shortcuts, but when I made the switching from Windows XP to Ubuntu 13.10, some shortcuts don't work anymore. For example, such as;

  • Ctrl + Alt + >(Left arrow)
  • Alt + F8

Is there any reason as to why? and are there any fix for this? Or maybe just something to guide me on my searching

Thank you all very much in advance.

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Are you referring to the Ubuntu shortcuts or the shortcuts within the running program. In you case, IntelliJ IDEA? – AzkerM Jan 28 '14 at 12:03
I'm referring to the Intellij IDEA shortcuts – Rodrigo Sasaki Jan 28 '14 at 12:04
You see, most of the shortcuts are pretty different between OS's but not the very common. As I can see shortcuts under keyboard (search from dash home), ALT+F8 refers to re-size window. – AzkerM Jan 28 '14 at 12:09
Is there anyway to make the application's shortcuts take precedent over the OS's ones? Or any other solution, I'd really like to get my shortcuts back – Rodrigo Sasaki Jan 28 '14 at 12:10

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As a bit of reading taught me that Intellij IDEA is a keyboard-centric IDE. What it means, is that a use can work with it without having to touch the mouse. Also I manage find keymap setting.

For Ubuntu

Here’s a list of tweaks you need to make with default system key bindings so that they won’t interfere with IntelliJ IDEA actions (listed in brackets).

  • Disable the Shade window action, assigned to Ctrl + Alt + S (Settings dialog)
  • Change or disable the Lock Screen action, assigned to Ctrl + Alt + L (Reformat code)
  • Change or disable the Launch terminal action, assigned to Ctrl + Alt + T (Surround with)
  • Change or disable the Switch to workspace action, assigned to Ctrl + Alt + Arrow Keys (Navigation)
  • Disable the Move window action, assigned to Alt + F7 (Find usages)
  • Change or disable the Resize window action, assigned to Alt + F8 (Evaluate expression)

Hope this helps!

Note: You can always revert Ubuntu shortcuts back to its default state. Just refer to How can I restore default keyboard shortcuts?, in case if you're lost.

Source: -- Intellij IDEA Keymap

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You're saying I have to disable those actions on the OS so they won't overlap with the application's? – Rodrigo Sasaki Jan 28 '14 at 12:59
Exactly! As the points explains even on the official page. Some says disable and some points explains to change or disable by assuming that the user would use. For instance, user uses lock screen frequently, considering the fact; a user may change or disable according to their need. This make no harm but just disable/modify the shortcuts. :) – AzkerM Jan 28 '14 at 13:01
That's all well and good to tell us what keys need to be freed from their use in the OS. But you didn't tell us how to do that. – Lee Meador Oct 20 '14 at 18:53
@LeeMeador - OP's question was about keyboard shortcuts relating to IntelliJ IDEA. I've constructed the answer to fit OP's need. But, thanks for pointing out. I'll add that as well. (: – AzkerM Oct 21 '14 at 4:28
To change keyboard shortcuts in Ubuntu go to Settings -> keyboard -> shortcuts. You'll have to navigate through the various windows to find where the shortcuts are set. – Dean Schulze Jan 19 at 2:37

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