Currently, in Ubuntu 18.04, pressing F2 brings up a "Gnome Menu" in the top left corner.

This is not Alt+F2 or Fn+F2. It's just straight F2.

But F2 is also a shortcut in Eclipse, which I use a lot. The Ubuntu F2 overrides the Eclipse F2, losing the Eclipse functionality.

Going into Keyboard Shortcut settings, I don't see anyway to reconfigure or change or disable the F2 key. I can see options for changing Alt+F2, but not straight F2.

What do I need to know about this?

UPDATE: Screenshot of Desktop.

I forget all the widgets I've installed over the past year. Pressing F2 pops up this menu, but I can't find a settings toggle for it.


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    I cant reproduce this on my Ubuntu 18.04.. F2 is not doing anything.. Alt+F2 is is asking me to enter a command.. some thing different in your situation.. I think some other settings giving you F2=Gnome Menu.. can you attach a screen shot.. what is gnome menu? do you mean when you press super+a keys.. what shows.. is that? – UnKNOWn Jun 14 '19 at 13:57
  • did you set the windows key to F2 perhaps? – Rinzwind Jun 14 '19 at 14:50
  • @PRATAP Screenshot added – Stewart Jun 14 '19 at 19:34
  • @Rinzwind The Windows key does this sort of zoom-out of all the different windows you have open. The F2 key is the one I want to work in Eclipse, but which Ubuntu is using for its own purposes. – Stewart Jun 14 '19 at 19:35
  • Related: "Disable gnome-panel launcher (Alt+F2)" – Peter Mortensen Mar 30 '20 at 19:31

I think you have installed gnome-shell-extenion Gno-Menu.

This menu has the F2 shortcut for "Disable Menu button shortcut key".

To access the settings options for this extension, open gnome-tweaks. If it is not installed, install it by sudo apt install gnome-tweaks. Go to the Extensions tab. Click on the Settings icon on Gno-menu.

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You can tick/check this option to disable the F2 shortcut for this function...

Note: While choosing this option to tick/ check... my system hanged, unresponsive. After several reboots, only this option is enabled...

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