I am using Ubuntu 11.10. Whenever I type Ctr+f in Chrome or Okular or Kile, the xTerm will appear instead of usually-expected "search bar". I have installed xbindkeys. It seems not that problem since the problem persists if I uninstall xbindkeys. Does anyone know what setting I should change? Thank you very much!


Check your shortcuts at System Settings > keyboard > shortcuts

Install gconf-editor (sudo apt-get install gconf-editor), open it (press Alt + F2 and type gconf-editor.
Then go to Edit > Find and search for Ctrl (make sure to check "Search also in key names" and "Search also in key values")


xbindkeys has caused trouble for others too, see here.
You said that you have tried to uninstall it, but have you purged it?

sudo apt-get remove --purge xbindkeys

  • Dear desgua, I checked. There is nothing special. At the Lauchers, to launch terminal is Ctrl+Alt+T, instead of Ctrl+f. I don't know the system relates Ctrl+f with launch terminal. Thanks. – Anand Apr 24 '12 at 15:27
  • Can you install "gconf-editor", then open it and search for ctrl+f? – desgua Apr 25 '12 at 1:18
  • Dear Desgua, I just installed gconf-editor. I looked through all items from searching Ctrl. I don't find the relation of Ctrl+f with opening xterminal. Thanks anyway. :-) – Anand Apr 25 '12 at 13:29
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    xbindkeys has caused trouble for others too, see: crunchbanglinux.org/forums/topic/15605/… – desgua Apr 25 '12 at 15:22
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    I'm glad we fix it :-) – desgua Apr 26 '12 at 11:05

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