After upgrading from Ubuntu 16.04 to 18.04, The menu in Terminal does not open from the keyboard.

Holding the ALT underlines a letter in each menu header as normal, but pressing that key doesn't open its menu :-(

Pressing ALT + Spacebar still opens the window menu, but the entries don't show any key shortcuts (no underlined letter). The only option seems to be pressing the down arrow until the entry and then enter.

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Have you tried F10? According to https://wiki.gnome.org/Design/OS/KeyboardShortcuts it opens "Gear Menu", which seems to do the trick for me. I don't know what a gear menu is, though, so it might not work for you.

  • That's it, thank you. F10 then pressing the underlined letter works. So no more ALT key in Terminal (but ALT still works in other apps..)
    – rigyt
    Commented May 28, 2018 at 9:10

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