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?


4 Answers 4


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.


  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/… Jul 18, 2019 at 15:41

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/


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, 2018 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, 2018 at 5:42
  • @pomsky Edit: You're right, the inbuilt function is exactly the same but I think the extension gives you a few more appearance tweaks...
    – Yashank
    Oct 1, 2020 at 8:44

Install the Dash to Dock GNOME extension, and modify the settings to do this...




I am using Ubuntu 18.04 and Dash to dock, but it didn't work even the extension was configured like in @abu_bua's answer.

I used this two methods to fix it

  1. Go to extension settings and switch the setting off and on again.

  2. Another, simper and faster way was to run

    gsettings set org.gnome.shell.extensions.dash-to-dock hot-keys true

EDIT: After some time I realized that this solution #2 above doesn't always work, but luckily the Dash to dock had no advatage for me, so you can turn it off and the shortcuts will start working. Luckily it seems that you can configure the native dock with it.

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