For example I cannot switch between the tabs in gnome-terminal with Alt+1, Alt+2 anymore. Shortcuts in general and Menu shortcuts specifically, are enabled via the global gnome-terminal settings.

When I hit Alt + 1 it looks like this.

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And it's the same behaviour without tmux: enter image description here

I already opened an issue in the gnome-terminal repo, but it was rejected. It really decreases the usability of the gnome-terminal for me.

I'd be happy to find any solution to that, even if it requires a bit of effort.

  • I also upgraded my notebook from 18.10 to 19.04 several weeks ago, but Alt+1, Alt+2, etc. do work in my gnome Terminal. Did you check Shortcuts in Preferences of Terminal?
    – FedKad
    May 29, 2019 at 9:54
  • @FedonKadifeli Yes, they are set.
    – Wu Wei
    May 29, 2019 at 12:01
  • Output of sudo update-alternatives --config x-terminal-emulator: 169/5000 There is only one alternative in link group x-terminal emulator (which provides / usr / bin / x-terminal-emulator): /usr/bin/gnome-terminal.wrapper Nothing to configure.
    – Wu Wei
    May 29, 2019 at 12:10
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    Same here, just upgraded to 19.04. Shortcuts also set in preferences. May 30, 2019 at 13:36
  • I have the same problem and replaced all shortcuts to Ctrl+[n] Jul 16, 2019 at 8:08

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The Alt-# shortcuts start working again when I disable "Enable mnemonics" for some reason. The menu shortcuts don't work with the menu bar hidden anyway, so I don't miss that setting.

  • 1
    Where can you disable that?
    – Wu Wei
    Oct 12, 2019 at 21:41
  • 1
    Oops, it's in Preferences under General.
    – Ari
    Oct 13, 2019 at 22:15
  • Seems contradictory to deactivate something to make it work, but who know's what genius puzzled that out. Switching tabs with Alt+1, Alt+2, etc. works only when I don't enable shortcuts (re-translated from German UI).
    – Wu Wei
    Oct 21, 2019 at 11:59
  • it has fixed my problem as well! Thanks Sep 7, 2020 at 14:59
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    For posterity - this also happens when upgrading to Ubuntu 20.04, and this solution fixed it for me. Thanks!
    – Ben Harper
    Sep 26, 2020 at 6:46

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