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 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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What is the “show desktop” keyboard shortcut?

I just upgraded to 11.10 from 11.04. Previously the shortcut to show the desktop was Super key + D (same as in Windows), But now it is not working. What is the new shortcut?
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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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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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Bring back `BackSpace` Keyboard Shortcuts on nautilus and thunar

I want to use the "BackSpace" button as a shortcut key on nautilus. I want to return to the previous folder whilst browsing the Home folder, just like windows 7. Also I want the same thing while ...
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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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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 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 do I quickly switch between workspaces in unity?

I'm using Ubuntu 11.10 with Unity and would like to switch between workspaces with a keyboard shortcut. Is there any way to achieve this?
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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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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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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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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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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 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 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 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 turn off the alt-shift-uparrow keybinding in GNOME?

After upgrading from 10.10 to 11.04, the key sequence ALT-Shift-UpArrow now seems to have a window-manager level definition. It seems that this is a new unity key sequence. However, I'm using ...
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Keyboard shortcut to move windows between monitors?

I remember there used to be a setting under Compiz that set a keyboard shortcut for moving applications between physical (but combined as a single xscreen) screens, similar to moving between logical ...
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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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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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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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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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What are some useful keyboard shortcuts?

I would like to learn some useful keyboard short cuts. I have become a ninja of keyboard short cuts in Windows. Any must have tips for Ubuntu? Feel free to include Ubuntu defaults or custom ones ...
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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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I accidentally hit Ctl Alt F<num>. How do I return to the GUI?

I'm using 12.04, I accidentally used Ctl-Alt-F9 and got a black full screen with command line cursor (Terminal). How can I go back to the normal Unity screen?
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GNOME 3 Shell keyboard/mouse shortcuts

What keyboard or mouse shortcuts for GNOME 3 exist ?
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Ctrl+L in terminal

I accidentally typed ctrl + L in terminal and my terminal window jumped one 'screenful' size. I looked at the keyboard shortcuts in "Edit"->"Keyboard shortcuts" and didn't find that shortcut. What ...
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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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Set Ctrl+Alt+T to open a maximized terminal

I use the Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut to open a terminal, but I cannot see how I can get it maximized. When I start it manually, I can simply do a gnome-terminal --maximize, but that does not apply for the ...
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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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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 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 do I disable the Unity keyboard shortcut overlay?

Is it possible to disable keyboard shortcut overlay in Ubuntu 12.04?
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keyboard shortcut for pasting on terminal window [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can not paste into terminal We use Ctrl+V to paste stuff from clip board. But this is not working on terminal window. What is the keyboard shortcut to paste on a ...
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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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Typing “↑” (upwards arrow) with a keyboard shortcut

When I'm programming, I find useful to use some unicode symbol like ← ↓ → to indicate in comments different things. In ubuntu I can type ← ↓ → respectively with ALT GR + Y, ALT GR + U, ALT GR + I. ...
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How do I open the Application Launcher on KDE with just the meta (“Windows”) key?

How do I open the application launcher ("start menu") of Kubuntu with my Windows key? Similar to how the Start menu in Windows is opened. I don't want to use Alt+F1.
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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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Send or Move a window from one monitor to another with a shortcut key under Ubuntu 12.04 and nvidia 8600 GT without proprietary nvidia drivers

I would like to know how to send or move a window from one monitor to another with a shortcut key under Ubuntu 12.04 and nvidia 8600 GT without proprietary nvidia drivers. Now, I know I can configure ...
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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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Keyboard shortcut for Lockscreen not working

I tried the combination CTRL+ALT+L or L but it is not working. But if I select the menu item LockScreen from setting drop down it works. Any thoughts on how to fix keyboard shortcut? Thanks.
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Is there a fancy vertical notification OSD that works for both ALSA and pulseaudio?

Is there a fancy way to get the volume notification OSD to work with both pulseaudio and ALSA? Right now the standard desktop ones only work with pulseaudio for me. How about a vertical OSD that I can ...
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Why don't Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V work in a terminal? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Making Ctrl+C copy text in gnome-terminal? Ctrl+C an Ctrl+V work well under my Ubuntu except in a terminal: If I want to past something into a terminal, I need to right ...
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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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Force Alt + Tab switcher to display applications from active workspace

After upgrading to 11.10, the behavior of applications switcher (Alt + Tab) has changed. Now it displays applications across all workspaces. I have a lot of windows opened when working. I'm grouping ...