Questions about keyboard shortcuts: both which ones to use and how to create custom shortcuts.

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How do I open a new instance of an application by default in GNOME?

I have a terminal open and want to launch another one. I hit the Windows key, type 'terminal' and hit Enter...and I'm warped to my first terminal. I can hit Control+Enter to launch a new terminal. ...
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What is the default call of keyboard shortcuts in GNOME?

I am trying to find what is being called when I press a keyboard shortcut. For example, if I hit Ctrl + Alt + L I block the screen, or when I hit the "mute" key in my keyboard I mute the sound. I ...
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Open locations through application finder?

It would be really fast to open most used folders by an application finder or something like that. It worked quite well in windows pressing win+r and type name of a folder shortcut in System32 folder. ...
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F? (f.e. F8) shortcuts not working in geany

I'd like to ask for tips why shortucts f.e. for build F9 or compile F8 are not working in Geany text editor. I tried to assign different shortcuts including Ctrl+F8 or Ctrl+Shift+B and none of them ...
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Sane alt-tab behaviour in Ubuntu 14.04.1 (unity)

Say I have emacs and 3 terminal windows open. This is the way unity organizes them: one window group for emacs one window group for the 3 terminals With Alt+Tab I can switch from emacs to the ...
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Hot keys brigtness issues with Ubuntu 14.10 in Acer Aspire 5755

I have a Acer Aspire 5755 with Intel video graphic, on Ubuntu 14.04, the combination Fn+←/→(Right/left) arrows can increase/decrease the brightness screen. Works fine on unity and with a ...
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Create keyboard shortcuts for certain symbols (like logical operators)

(using Ubuntu 12.04) currently I'm dealing a lot with logic (not for computer science, though), so my idea was to create specific shortcuts on my keyboard for easy typing. my idea is to use Ctrl + ...
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How to assign a shortcut key to send my system into hibernation?

I want to assign a shortcut key for the Hibernate functionality. I have Fn + F11 for hibernation in Windows, but it's not working on Ubuntu. It's getting in sleep mode instead. I've also tired ...
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Unity shortcut causes unwanted reboot

I am running MS Word (Office 2010) in Win 7 in a VirtualBox VM. Host OS is Ubuntu 12.04 running Unity. All works reasonably well, except , There is a keystroke combination in Word to "paste ...
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Can't set “Alt+Ctrl+T” to launch terminal in xfce4

I followed normal steps to assign Alt+Ctrl+T to open a terminal window. (Menu>Settings Manager>Keyboard>Application Shortcuts>Add and follow steps) but it just doesn't seem to work. I was following ...
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Keyboard backlight function keys for Samsung Series 9 np900x3d and Ubuntu 13.10

I purchased a new Samsung New Series 9 NP900X3D and installed Ubuntu 13.10 tonight. The keyboard illumination function keys do not work. I've read on https://help.ubuntu.com/community/SamsungSeries9 ...
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How to make CTRL+F4 to close the current tab in Firefox?

On Ubuntu Studio 14.10, the CTRL+F4 seems to work as a shortcut for opening the 4th desktop (tested using a live DVD, without any customizations). However, I only need two desktops, so I reduced the ...
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change or disable modifier key (alt) which activates the application menubar?

Is there any way to either globally change the modifier key which activates the application menu bar from alt- to something else, or if not, at least to globally disable it? I use a mac for work and ...
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Something weird is happening with Fn keys

I have an Asus N56JR with NVIDIA GeForce 760M. I am running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. There are a few things wrong with my Fn keys. For one the brightness (controlled with Fn+F5 and Fn+F6) do not respond at ...
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Asus N56JR laptop, can't change screen Brightness using Function Keys

I have an Asus N56JR laptop with Nvidia GeForce GTX 760M graphics card, running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. When I check what graphics I use for brightness it says "Intel". I have tried using commands to ...
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Is there any way to add a new keyboard shortcut?

folks. Is there any way to add a new keyboard shortcut on lubuntu 14.04? I would like to add alt+64 shortcut for making "@". Best regards.
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ubuntu 12.04.3 with gnome: some shortcuts e.g. [alt]+[f2] do not work

the above mentioned shortcut does not work, as well as strg/ctrl+alt+t for terminal. But for example strg/ctrl+alt+l for locking the session runs fine. Some do, some not, and I don't know where to ...
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Command for find in page (Ubuntu 12.04)

I'm keybinding some shortcuts and I just want to know what the "find in active window" command is. <-- windows equivalent is ctrl-f
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Disable super + s in ubuntu 13.04

I tried this thread but it didn't work. How can I disable super + s which previews workspaces
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Is there a way to display a notification every time you change the keyboard layout?

Is there a way to show a (notify-osd) notification every time the keyboard layout is changed? I have a laptop with a screen with not enough resolution to have tons/10+ indicators, and space for the ...
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caps lock icon for wireless keyboard?

I recently replaced my old wired keyboard with a Logitech model K330 wireless unit. The keyboard performs perfectly. My only problem is that I am a lousy typist. Many times when typing an A, I will ...
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How to assign keys in the keyboard?

I am using Ubuntu 10.04 netbook version and I want to assign my windows key on the keyboard to preform the same function as it as in windows (minimize all app and open favorite). Now the key is not ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 Keyboard only works while pressing holding/pressing down keys

I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 on VM virtualbox. Yesterday, something happened while i was modifying a simple text file in my admin/regular user account. Now I can only print or perform actions involving ...
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How do I change the keyboard shortcuts for the Window Manager in Xubuntu 13.04?

I'd like to change my Alternate Desktop shortcut in Xubuntu. How do I do that? I don't see the option under Keyboard's Application Shortcuts?
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Copy Paste not working

I have Ubuntu 12.10 installed on my machine (not in VirtualBox). It has been there for about two years (I upgraded from 11.04). I am using the default Unity user interface. Today copy/paste just ...
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mouse back button brings up run command box after sending “back” command

Relevant, didn't help much though. I've got a RAT 7 that I'm using in Ubuntu. It's working fine, but for some reason when I hit the "back" button it will output Alt Left and then bring up the 'run ...
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change keyboard layout ctrl+#

I need 3 different keyboard language layouts, so in Windows I use control+1, control+9, control+0. I can not do that in Linux, I currently change layouts with caps lock for English, and right ...
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writing a script, making it executable then assigning it keys

I have a Samsung np700z5a and have managed to get most features working but would love to get the keyboard backlight keys working. I have tried several methods including through the terminal. I have ...
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Switch alt-tab to ctrl-tab on 12.04

I have recently installed Ubuntu 12.04 on my Macbook Pro, and I am trying to switch the "Switch Applications" shortcut from Alt-Tab to Ctrl-Tab. Changing the shortcut via the Keyboard application does ...
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How can I have both alt + shift to change the keyboard layout, and alt + shift + tab to do reverse window switch?

On a previous version of Ubuntu/Gnome, I used to have alt+shift toggle the keyboard layout and alt+shift+tab do the same as alt-tab but in the opposite direction. Right now, I can't do this: If ...
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Keyboard shortcuts problem

I am using ubuntu 13.04 and just loving it. I have assigned keyboard shortcut to quick shutdown. I found this method through google. I created a custom shortcut through command dbus-send --system ...
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How to make Ubuntu Alt+Tab smarter?

Alt+Tab is frequently used to switch windows under which a user is working parallel. But the more I use Alt+Tab under Ubuntu, the less I feel Ubuntu is smart. For example, when I am working in window ...
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How to enumerate and monitor the assigned keyboard shortcuts at anytime in Ubuntu?

For example, the system knows that if I press Ctrl+B inside this textarea of Ask Question the web browser will handle it in some way (format text as bold), and if I press Alt+Tab it will be handled by ...
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Hotkeys for Totem in Ubuntu 12.04

I'm looking for a way to control the playback of Totem Movie Player even when I'm not focused on the window itself. I have done it with VLC using the instructions on the following link: ...
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change xchat “clear text” shortcut key (accelerator)

In Ubuntu 13.04, the wise developers decided to get rid of a shortcut I commonly use: Ctrl+L to clear the text. Manually modifying the shortcut does not seem to work; I tried the instructions here: ...
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Super key shortcuts “unresponsive” when configured via Custom Shortcuts

When I set custom shortcuts from Keyboard / Shortcuts / Custom Shortcuts, all of the ones set to use Super key (e.g. Super + 1, set to open a text file using the default text editor) have a weird ...
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FN + F7 don't work (before allowed me to turn on/off display)

Here's my problem: I had Ubuntu 8.04 on this Notebook Asus 1015 px and the combination fn + f7 worked well and I could turn on/off the display at my leisure. Then I formatted and started a "new ...
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Is short-cut Ctrl-Alt-Esc switched off?

here is 12.04.01 LTS There is top and kill -9 PID but the quicker shortcut is not working like: Ctrl-Alt-Esc It is switched off ?
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Alt+Q close window doesn't work

I'd really like to use Alt+Q to close windows as it fits with my Mac-like muscle memory. However, I can't get this combination to work. I've changed it in the Keyboard settings under shortcuts and ...
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Two bugs with Keyboard Shortcuts: confirmation and/or solutions requested

I have 2 bugs in my Ubuntu 12.04 fresh installation using a Macbook Pro keyboard. Note: I swapped the Ctrl and Cmd keys (Ctrl and Super on regular keyboards), but that should not affect the shortcuts ...
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How do I set up keyboard shortcuts that use the Super key?

I want the Super key to behave as a regular modifier key, just like Ctrl, Shift and Alt. Currently, it doesn't. Using the System Settings to set a shortcut like Super+Up will set the shortcut, but ...
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Can't bind Super + w in xbindkeys, all other combos work fine

I am trying to set key bindings for my mouse buttons with xbindkeys and I'd like to set one of them to spread the windows as if I'd pressed Super + w but for some reason this one won't bind properly ...
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Change text field editing in GNOME 3 to use Control and Meta keys like Emacs or bash

A while ago I did this on my Mac and I was able to use Emacs controls in all Cocoa Text Widgets. I'm a big Emacs user and it's really been great to do such lightning fast editing in email and web text ...
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Can I configure a keyboard shortcut to switch the content when using dual monitors?

I'm using Ubuntu with two monitors, is there any way to set up a keyboard shortcut that would switch the contents of both monitors? (i.e. move every window from the first monitor to the second and ...
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Why do some shortcuts no longer work when using an alternate keyboard layout?

I have recently switched to the Colemak keyboard layout and the Ctrl+Alt+L key combination no longer locks the screen. I have checked the keyboard shortcuts menu and it is still set correctly. I ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 Lenovo X61T, how to assign display buttons as shortcuts? Bug?

I got some problems to get display buttons to work. I'm trying to assign functions (settings->keyboard->shortcuts) to the display buttons on my Lenovo X61 Tablet Notebook. The buttons are: - Change ...
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LXDE keybind “Raise” window not working

I am using LXDE* over Ubuntu Oneiric on a DELL Studio-XPS 64-bit machine and I can't get the keybind for raising windows to work. In my ~/.config/openbox/lxde-rc.xml I put: <!-- Iconify window: ...
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Change window move funcitonality to mirror OSX's Zooom2

On OSX I use Zooom2 to move my windows around with keyboard shortcuts and mouse motion. This operates in a very similar manner to Ubuntu, with the following difference: On Zooom2, I have it set so ...
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is there a hot-key to activate a second monitor?

A recent update caused problems with my multiple monitors. I have a laptop with a broken screen that i have completely removed. Ubuntu 14.04 is on the laptop and i can hear the sound where i should ...
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My keyboard layout is all wrong.. And hotkeys aren't working!

I'm very new at Ubuntu (I'm a recent Windows convert) Basically when I first set up the OS I chose the keyboard layout as "English (UK)" and it's got the @ and " keys messed up! I have no idea where ...