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In Ubuntu 16 if you held down the super key, the applications in the dock display with a number. If you continue holding the super key and then hit one of those numbers, the application launches.

Is there a shortcut like this for Ubuntu 18?

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Simply press and hold Super+Q. You should see numbers appearing next to the application icons. Then release Q and press the number associated to your target application to launch it.

You can alternatively press Super+number directly to launch the application without pressing Super+Q first.

Notes:

  1. If pressing Super+Q fails to show the numbers, run the following command first.

    gsettings set org.gnome.shell.extensions.dash-to-dock hot-keys false
    
  2. This shortcut only works with the keyboard’s top row number keys, not those of the numpad. You can install a GNOME shell extension called AppKeys to make it work with the numpad too.

  • In 16.04, you could cycle through/select the apps on the dock by pressing the Super+Tab key combo, which seems to be missing/disabled in 18.04. Is there a way to get that back? The same is asked here too without an answer: askubuntu.com/questions/1060949/… – Mihir Chaturvedi Jul 18 at 15:41
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Install the Dash to Dock GNOME extension, and modify the settings to do this...

https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/307/dash-to-dock/

https://extensions.gnome.org/local/

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Dash to Dock

A dock for the Gnome Shell. This extension moves the dash out of the overview transforming it in a dock for an easier launching of applications and a faster switching between windows and desktops. Side and bottom placement options are available.

Extension Homepage https://micheleg.github.io/dash-to-dock/

Install:

Configure keyboard shortcuts:

Open the configuration, open gnome-tweaks, click on the left tab Extension and search the Dash to Dock. Click on Configure Icon and go to the tab and enable as shown below.

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  • Isn't this the same as my answer? And my answer doesn't require GNOME Tweaks. – heynnema Oct 11 '18 at 3:22
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    @heynnema I don't understand why both of you are suggesting installing an extension while it's an inbuilt (and activated by default) feature of the Ubuntu Dock shipped by default (as it's a fork of Dock to Dock). – pomsky Oct 11 '18 at 5:42

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