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

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How do I disable the sleep button on my keyboard?

I have a "power button" on my keyboard that enables standby or hibernate. I can't find the mapping of this key anywhere in "sytem settings>Keyboard", "system>power management", "compiz config> or ...
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How do I get alt-tab to cycle through all open windows on GNOME Classic?

I am using Ubuntu 11.10 with "Gnome classic (no effects)" at login. Using alt+tab cycles between windows on current desktop. How can I set it to cycle through ALL open windows? Well, I have done as ...
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How do I logout using only the keyboard?

In Ubuntu 11.04, Ctrl-Alt-Del gives me a menu with shutdown, hibernate, suspend and restart, but no logout. Is there a key combination to logout of Ubuntu? Is there a way to provide one?
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Command-line to switch between profiles in gnome-terminal

I created a new profile for gnome-terminal and I can switch between "Implicit" profile and the new created profile as you can see in the below image: Now I wonder how can I switch between profiles ...
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Ubuntu: “Editable Menu Accelerators” (on a per app basis). Where is this option?

I keep seeing references to a config option calld Editable Menu Accelerators or Editable Menu Shortcut Keys. This is exactly what I need, but all the directions I've read about how to find that ...
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Assign hotkeys to paste predefined text

I am looking for a program that runs on Ubuntu 12.04+ x86_64 which allows pasting pre-defined text based on hotkey combinations. For instance: Ctrl+Alt+V+U: pastes my username Ctrl+Alt+V+E: pastes ...
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Permanent custom keyboard shortcuts for Evince (Document Viewer)

I am using the Ubuntu document viever Evince. Lately, I found out how to add custom keyboard shortcuts for the program. I was searching for a way to add a shortcut e.g. for View / Best fit (also ...
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Keyboard shortcuts not working after removing Shutter

I installed Shutter then removed it, and now Print Screen and Alt+Print Screen shortcuts are no longer triggering screenshots with gnome-screenshot. How do I restore this setting?
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How do I bind right click to a keyboard shortcut?

My friend has a Dell Netbook with a twitchy touchpad and doesn't really right click reliably (the pointer moves as you right click). He would like to be able to do something like use a modifier key ...
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How to make keyboard work like OSX System Wide?

I switch back and forth between two computers constantly: OSX Snow Leopard Ubuntu 10.10 I'd like to be able to make Ubuntu use the same keyboard shortcuts as OSX System Wide, for the following ...
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Where does Ubuntu store its keyboard shortcut configuration?

Is there a place in "Ubuntu" that stores a complete list of what keys/combinations/shortcuts are bound to what? What are Unity's keyboard and mouse shortcuts? list some "Unity" shortcuts to the ...
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How can I change Unity's super-t binding to something else?

First, I've tried searching several threads to find the answer, but I couldn't find one that solved my problem, so I'm opening a new one here. I just installed Ubuntu 11.04 with the new Unity ...
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Is there a shortcut to tile windows to left or right side of the screen?

As Compiz Grid is not supported in ubuntu-2d, I am looking for alternative to tile windows. This video shows that xfce4 and xfwm4 can snap windows to a part of the screen. I would like to do that by ...
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Brightness fn key shortcut doesn't work on ASUS laptop

The brightness shortcuts via fn key don't work. I tried each solution from this answer and its comments. After editing /etc/default/grub file I rebooted. GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="acpi_osi=Linux" ...
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What commands will change my screen's brightness?

I'm trying to re-keybind some of my function keys as I never use them for multimedia purposes, however I'm not sure as to what command I'd need to put it to increase/reduce the brightness, I'm talking ...
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How to set a shortcut for “Always on Top” for window?

In 12.04 (Unity), I would like to assign a shortcut to the "always on top option" for a window. Probably something like Ctrl+Shift+Home to turn on and Ctrl+Shift+End to turn off, or whatever. Is there ...
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Volume keys are working in unity but not in xfce4

My volume keys are not working in xfce. When I used them it shows an indication on the screen that the volume is being changed, but the volume is not changing at all (same thing with the mute key). ...
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How to move windows around and between monitors, using keyboard short cuts?

On MS Windows we can use Super + Arrow to move a window to the right and the left of the screen, maximize, minimize and even move it to another screen. Is there a way to configure this feature on ...
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How to switch 'default' sound device controlled by hardware keys in Xubuntu?

I installed xubuntu-desktop on a 12.04 Ubuntu upgrade after finding Gnome3 lacking. I've mostly been happy, but I've found an odd and frustrating bug. My laptop has two sound 'outputs' - an HDMI-out ...
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Problem binding a shortcut to a function / multimedia key

I want to connect a batch script to a shortcut. When I bind it under System Settings > Keyboard > Shortcuts it works with every key, except my brightness keys from my external Apple keyboard. The ...
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Why Ctrl+Shift+Alt+Down won't move a window one workspace down in 13.10 [closed]

I tried to move a window one workspace down using the Ctrl+Shift+Alt+Down keyboard shortcut. It didn't work. I could get it to go left and right, but not down. How can I fix this? It seems the down ...
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What is the keyboard shortcut to minimise a window to launcher in unity?

In 10.10 that I was using before 12.04, you could use Alt+F9 to minimize a window to the task bar. In 12.04 Meta+Ctrl+↑/↓ maximizes and unmaximizes a window. If you have a numeric keypad you can use ...
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Custom keyboard shortcuts in gedit

Since I spend a lot of time on my laptop, I've gotten used to using keyboard shortcuts for everything. I want to be able to switch from tab to tab of opened documents in gedit by pressing Ctrl+Tab ...
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How to change the shortcut to adjust brightness?

I want to make my own shortcut to increase or decrease brightness. I don't like the default shortcut of my HP laptop (Fn + F7 to decrease and Fn + F8 to increase). Is it possible?
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How can I find which command is bound to a given keyboard shortcut?

How can I find which command is bound to a give keyboard shortcut? I remember playing with my keyboard shortcuts recently in different places: System/Preferences/Keyboard Shortcuts, ...
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Is it possible to unbind or change the unicode input global shortcut?

I'm using Ubuntu 13.10, but I think the keyboard shortcut wasn't bound in 12.10, but could be wrong. It's not in the shortcuts tab of keyboard settings. How can I change the Unicode input from ...
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“Focus application” keyboard shortcut in Lubuntu (LXDE)

In Unity, pressing Super + 1 to 9 launches or switches focus to an application. Can I assign a keyboard shortcut with a similar property in Lubuntu (i.e. in LXDE)? More precisely, can I set up a ...
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How to find keycodes for Fn + keys?

I'm trying to find out the keycode for Fn+← keypress (left arrow). Xev outputs FocusOut event, serial 36, synthetic NO, window 0x3c00001,    mode NotifyGrab, detail NotifyAncestor FocusIn event, ...
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how to disable Ctrl+Q system wide

How to disable Ctrl+Q system wide? I read the other answers but they did not help. Reassigning the shortcut is not possible, since pressing the key combination quits the settings window, so it does ...
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Is there a keybind to minimize all windows, without a toggle?

I know about the show desktop keybind (default Ctrl+Alt+D), which I use often enough. However, I'm looking for a way to minimize all windows without activating "show desktop". I'm on a default ...
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Keyboard shortcut to toggle auto-hide unity launcher

I would like to create a keyboard shortcut to toggle the auto-hide option for the unit launcher. Based on the answer on How to programmatically change the launcher's hide behaviour I tried to make a ...
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Ubuntu Opens in Black Screen Using Lightdm But Working When Using GDM

Last time I installed lm-sensor (a package to know CPU Temperature) and restarted my system. $ sudo apt-get install lm-sensors $ sudo sensors-detect $ sudo service module-init-tools ...
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Keyboard light hotkey (Fn + F3 and F4) rarely work on an Asus G60J

Im using Ubuntu 12.04, and my laptop is an Asus G60J. Specifications: Ubuntu 12.04 64bit Intel i7 720qm Nvidia gtx 260m 4gb RAM The laptop always start with the keyboard backlit On. The hotkeys ...
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Document Viewer (Evince) history navigation

I am satisfied with basic functionality of Evince (3.4.0 on Ubuntu 12.04). Unfortunately in this viewer I am really missing history navigation i.e. possibility to go back to previous views and ...
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How do I make Super+W show open windows from all workspaces?

I know there is a bug in 12.04 which makes the Super+W shortcut only show open applications/programs from the current workspace, not all workspaces like it should. Is there a workaround until this ...
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Any way to open windows from the windows bar using a shortcut

Any way to open windows from the windows bar using a shortcut? for example to open the first window on the left Ctrl+1, to open the second window on the left Ctrl+2. Im using xfce4 at this moment, ...
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Where to configure shortcut keys of Nautilus?

I would like to configure and change some shortcut keys of Nautilus (file manager of Ubuntu). Does anyone know where I could do that? Edit1: Precisely, initial binding for "go to parent folder" in ...
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How to use a hotkey shortcut to run a launcher?

I have a launcher on my desktop. I would like to run it via a keyboard shortcut. Is it possible ?
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Prevent Ctrl+Alt+F4 from switching TTYs [duplicate]

Related: Disable CTRL+ALT+F4 switching to virtual terminal I would like to use Ctrl+Alt+F4 for a program instead of Ubuntu's TTYs. The previous question, I saw suggested command xmodmap -pke | ...
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Disable CTRL+ALT+F4 switching to virtual terminal

Is there a way that I can stop the Ctrl+Alt+F4 key combination from switching to a virtual terminal? I still want the other key combinations to switch to terminals - I just want to change the F4 one ...
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What is the equivalent of 'Control-Alt-Delete'?

On Windows anytime the system hangs Ctrl-Alt-Del brings up the Start Up Manager, from which you can end the program or process causing the hang. Is there any command like this on Ubuntu?
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How to disable the alt-hotkey behavior on gnome terminal?

This is not just gnome terminal, but pretty much all gnome windows: When you hold the "alt" key, you can press the first letter of one of the menu items. This will let you scroll that menu without ...
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How do I remap the caps lock key?

In the past the past I used to use xmodmap to prevent the Caps Lock button from working, and then tell Launchy to handle the key press instead. I can't seem to do this anymore. What is the best way ...
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Super+D key shortcut does not show desktop

I recently installed Saucy Salamander on my computer. Previously in Ringtail, Super+D used to show the desktop. However for this release, the Super+D does not seem to work properly... Is it a bug?
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Are there any Keyboard Shortcuts to Shutdown?

Are there any Keyboard Shortcuts to Shutdown? (e.g. in Windows Alt+F4+Alt+F4 Right Arrow Enter)
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Is there a keyboard shortcut for minimizing all windows except the active one?

When opening programs like GIMP, I find having background windows open distracting because GIMP has three separate windows associated with it. It's a burden to have to go to every other non-Gimp ...
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How to disable alt-f1 / alt-f2 shortcuts?

I can assign Alt+F1 and Alt+F2 to any function I like in the keyboard configuration window, but its not beeing used. Alt+F1 is always 'dash home' and Alt+F2 is always 'run'
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How to allow key functions while desktop locked

Is it possible to allow a keyboard's volume keys to continue working when your desktop is locked? Currently, the default behavior disables all special-function keys until the desktop's unlocked. I ...
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How to change the shortcut to move windows from Alt to Super/Meta?

I use graphics software like GIMP, Inkscape & Blender extensively for my business. But most of them require the use of the Alt key in some way or the other. Come Ubuntu 11.10, I haven't been able ...
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How to stop Mod4-P from switching the display?

I use Ctrl-P very frequently to scroll backward in the command history, but I often mistype it as Mod4-P, which is bound to the switch display function. I've searched around Keyboard shortcuts and ...