On 16.04 keyboard shortcut Alt+f1 highlights launcher (same as super + t on Windows) then arrow keys left/rieght can go through icons to open hitting enter, see info if hitting menu, selct action from opened list in menu. This function is not possible on 20.04 ; similar is just super + number 1 to 9 opening corresponding app to the numbered icon. Any workaround ?

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On Ubuntu 20.04, Alt+F1 opens the Activities Overview. The same is achieved using Super+s and also pressing and releasing Super.

The shortcut to directly go to the Applications overview is Super+a. Once you are there, you can use the arrow keys to move to the different icons, and PgUp/PgDn to move between the pages.

Once an application icon is highlighted, press Enter to run it. Hit Shift+F10 to see its context menu.

You could change Alt+F1 to show the applications overview rather than the activities overview in "Settings" - "Keyboard Shortcuts". Disable the existing binding of "Show activities overview" (under the "System" section) then change the binding for "Show all applications" to Alt+F1

  • Thank's for the comment. Well, the luncher is here to launch desirsed apps from it, not to search through all the available ones... and in case mouse stucks, malfunction or not working, Alt + f1 on 16.04 allows that also.
    – gad
    Aug 30, 2020 at 14:44

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