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

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What are Unity's keyboard and mouse shortcuts?

In Unity, are there any pre-defined shortcuts, e.g. to open the dash or unhide the launcher?
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How can I change what keys on my keyboard do? (How can I create custom keyboard commands/shortcuts?)

I want to change the key bindings on some of the keys on my keyboard. I want some to run commands and others to activate different keys. What applications can I use to do this? Index: ...
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How do I modify or disable the HUD's use of the Alt key?

A number of games, Emacs, and the terminal make extensive use of the Alt key. Can Unity be configured to respect this key, rather than launching the HUD with it?
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How do I remap certain keys?

I'm searching for a way to remap certain keys in ubuntu. i.e. I'd like to change PgUp to Home or PgDown to End. Does a built-in command or a tool exist reassign keys in Ubuntu/GNOME?
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How to use Alt+Shift to switch keyboard layouts?

I recently upgraded to Ubuntu 13.10, with the new keyboard handling system. The little "switch keyboard" option does not let me set it to Alt+Shift. How can I get this keyboard binding, as I have ...
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How do I deactivate F1 and F10 keybindings in gnome-terminal?

How can I turn off the F1 (help) and F10 (notifications menu) key bindings? First one I need for screen utility and second to exit mc in console. There are no such key bindings in the Keyboard ...
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Can I define keyboard shortcuts using the Super key?

In 10.04, I had a lot of keyboard shortcuts defined using Super/Mod4 and one single other key, Super+O ran Opera Super+W opened Nautilus pointing to my Work folder, etc. In 11.04, these do not ...
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How can I set default terminal used in Unity?

How can I set the default terminal used in Unity? I would like to use the Ctrl+Alt+T hotkey to start a non-default terminal. The default terminal is gnome-terminal. Where can I change the default ...
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Restore the Ctrl + Alt + Num Pad 4 and 6 window positioning commands?

Using Unity in Ubuntu 12.04, the Ctrl + Alt + Num Pad combination for positioning windows no longer works completely consistently: Ctrl + Alt + 4 (move window to left half of screen) was changed to ...
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How can I enable Ctrl+Alt+Backspace?

Ctrl+Alt+← can usually be set to restart X, however I can't find the option to allow this (it is disabled by default). I have looked in System->Preferences->Keyboard and ...
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Map AltGr-[a..z] and Shift-AltGr-[A..Z] to greek letter

I'm on Ubuntu trusty, and I use greek letters for algebra. I'd love to be able to type them in quickly with AltGr-letterKey. For example, map alpha to AltGr-A, map beta to AltGr-B, map theta to ...
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What does “Ctrl + Alt + F12” do?

I accidentally pressed Ctrl+Alt+F12 and my display turned to black... I then had to make a reboot.. What did it do to my system? Also what does Alt+ F8 to F10 do?
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How can I restore default keyboard shortcuts?

I have customized some of the shortcuts in System ▸ Preferences ▸ Keyboard Shortcuts. How can I restore individual shortcuts to their default settings? I do not want to reset all of the shortcuts, ...
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How to emulate winkey+arrow Windows 7's maximise shortcut keys?

In Windows 7 (not sure about other versions) you have these shortcuts: winkey+up maximize current window winkey+down unmaximize winkey+right maximize height, set width as half of the screen and ...
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Keyboard shortcut for “open a terminal here”

How can I create a keyboard shortcut so that when I press F12 in nautilus (or desktop), I get a terminal in the current directory?
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Can not paste into Gnome Terminal from Netbeans

When I copy something from another window then my terminal and want to paste it into my terminal (on the command line) the paste option in Edit is grayed out. Ctrl+V does not work in GNOME Terminal ...
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How do I disable the Unity keyboard shortcut overlay?

Is it possible to disable keyboard shortcut overlay in Ubuntu 12.04?
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Assigning shortcuts (accelerators) to Nautilus 3

I want to assign some shortcuts to menu actions in Nautilus 3.2.1 running under Ubuntu 11.10. I followed the steps shown here How do you create a "new document" keyboard shortcut? but it did ...
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How do I change my keyboard shortcuts in xubuntu?

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. ...
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Shut down computer from keyboard

Is there a keyboard shortcut available to shutdown the computer? I know I can use the Power button, but I would like to be able to it from the keyboard. If such a shortcut does not exist already, ...
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How can I reach over 100% volume with a keyboard shortcut?

sometimes the sound of videos isn't enough for me. so i reach the sound indicator , over sound preferences and change it to a level higher than 100%. the question is how can i do it from the keyboard? ...
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What is the “Grave” button?

The quick help of Unity (long press on the Super button) shows that Switch windows of current application can be triggered by Alt+Grave keyboard shortcut. What is Grave? Here it is:
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Can I get Unity-style Super+[1-9] keyboard shortcuts for launching apps in Gnome Shell?

I'm trying out Gnome Shell instead of Unity to see if I like it better, and the Unity feature that I miss most is the ability to switch to specific applications using Super+ any number from 1 to 9. Is ...
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Hide Grub menu and keystroke to reveal

How do you have the grub appear on a key combination, but have windows boot default. I'm running ubuntu 11.10 and grub 2.0. Here is my current /etc/default/grub # If you change this file, run ...
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How can I make the volume change in smaller increments?

When I press the volume up/down keys on my keyboard, the volume changes too much. How can I make the step size smaller so that I have finer control?
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How can I suspend using a keyboard shortcut, without administrator privileges?

How can I set up a keyboard shortcut that I can use instead of clicking this menu item? I have read about various terminal commands for suspending which I could easily assign to a keyboard ...
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What are the new Nautilus (3.6) shortcuts in Ubuntu 13.04?

I post this question since new nautilus is very 'keyboard unfriendly', specially for one-key shortcuts. From 3.4 to 3.6 the very useful 'backspace' shortcut to go to parent directory has gone (along ...
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Alt + sysrq + REISUB doesn't reboot my laptop

On occasion, my laptop has become stuck so I've used the magic key combination of Alt + SysRq + REISUB to perform a safe reboot. However, it doesn't seem to work for me as when I press the B key to ...
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How do I disable the Super key?

I want to disable the Super key, when I press Super nothing should happen. How can I do that?
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How to bind custom commands to keyboard shortcuts?

I have arrived at 11.10, installed gnome-shell and wondered where I can bind my custom commands to keyboard shortcuts. In Compiz I used the simple and efficient "commands" plugin. How to do that in ...
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Quickly place a window to another screen using only the keyboard

I know that using Alt-F7, I can use the keyboard to move the window around. I can also use the "Grid" plugin of Compiz to position quickly the window around my current monitor. The grid plugin doesn't ...
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GNOME 3 Shell keyboard/mouse shortcuts

What keyboard or mouse shortcuts for GNOME 3 exist ?
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Enabling Mic Mute button and light on Lenovo Thinkpads

I have a mic mute button on my Lenovo Thinkpad T420 , but it doesn't work. So I tried xev command to monitor press event, and that key wasn't captured. Is there anyway to fix it , like add raw key ...
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“ctrl+space” has been bound to invoke some input method and does not work in Emacs or Eclipse auto-complete

In Emacs run in terminal, ctrl+space is a standard shortcut key to select region. But under Ubuntu 12.04, it will invoke some input method for non-English language. I was wondering if I can reserve it ...
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Getting function keys working on Samsung RV510 notebook

I installed 10.10 on my Samsung RV510 notebook, but the function keys don't work. When I use them it seems as if they get locked on, and it becomes impossible to click things in the upper toolbar. ...
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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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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 to disable Alt + `?

I can't find this shortcut, please help.
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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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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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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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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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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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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 minimise a window to the task bar. In 12.04 meta+ctrl+ cursor up down maximises and unmaximises a window. If you have a numeric keypad ...
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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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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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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 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 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 ...