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I am a new Xubuntu user. Earlier when using Gnome, I was able to configure several desktop shortcuts, particularly for navigation between workspaces.

But, now in Xubuntu, I cannot find those options.

Where can I find those options.

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Keyboard shortcuts are tucked away in your Settings Manager - Window Manager - Keyboard

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Scroll down the list - you will see several workspace shortcuts, some defined with a shortcut and some awaiting to be defined.

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There are more available in Settings Editor in Settngs Manager, which can be launched from the command-line using:


This will display:

XFCE4 Settings Editor

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I tried changing my left_workspace_key to <Super>Left using the editor with sudo. Restarted and the shorcuts remain bound to <Control><Alt>Left any help? – Harry Moreno Oct 25 '14 at 20:32
I just switched from Windows. This is so easy to use and navigate! SCREW YOU, REGEDIT! :D – Michael Hoffmann Aug 26 '15 at 1:16

For Xfce 4.8 (Xubuntu 12.04 LTS)

Keyboard shortcuts are accessible from Settings -> Settings Manager -> Keyboard -> Application Shortcuts:

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  • Choose "Add" to add a command you need to assign to a shortcut.
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  • In the window following "Ok" press the key combination you want to assign:
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What would I add here to make <Super> open the Application Menu? – Eyal Apr 21 '13 at 20:24

If you would like to do such on several machines without having to open windows, you can use the very handy xfconf-query command in a bash script to --set a --property in xfce4-keyboard-shortcuts.xml.

Here is an example:

$ xfconf-query --create --channel xfce4-keyboard-shortcuts --property /commands/custom/XF86AudioMute --type string --set 'amixer -D pulse set Master 1+ toggle'

As a matter of fact, this part of my solution to restore the function of the mute button in Xubuntu 12.04.

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Works great if you are adding a new shortcut. If you however need to alter an existing one, you first have to delete it by the --reset option and create it again. Otherwise the running XFCE session will not pick it up. – Jakub Dec 27 '15 at 10:49

You can also play in a console with gedit and /apps/metacity/keybinding_commands or /apps/metacity/global_keybindings

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