I know 2 ways that a user can change Shortcuts in Ubuntu.

  • Settings | keyboard Shortcuts | ...
  • dconf Editor

But sometimes, it's not that easy to find out what a shortcut is or how to change it.

My current example:

Ctrl+Alt+S: this changes the size of the active window, but how to change it?

I was often struggling in such situations. Therefore, I hope someone could give me an idea, how to find out where a shortcut is set.

Update I guess, a gap still open in the answer. I m searching for a shortcut

gsettings list-recursively  | grep '>T'

This must list all shortcuts with the 'T', but i think it does not.

When I try to set a combination Ctrl+Alt+SHIFT+T in a tool for a shortcut, the tool does not receive the combinations.

I tried a shortcut that is already reserved like Ctrl+Alt+T - open a Terminal. The tool does not receive the combinations at all. The same happens with Ctrl+Alt+SHIFT+T

So, my original question looks like still open, how can i find all combinations?

Thanks for help.


You can try gsettings list-recursively.
That should list your application settings, same as seen in dconf.

Maybe try grep a pattern like the key combination grep '<Alt><Control>s'.
The key order is not that consistent and you might need try some more variant or less strict pattern like grep '>s'.

I don't have Ctrl+Alt+S on my machine but here is a similar example when grep for '>u' on my machine.

gsettings list-recursively | grep '>u'
org.freedesktop.ibus.panel.emoji unicode-hotkey ['<Control><Shift>u']

Then I can check this path org.freedesktop.ibus.panel.emoji in dconf-edidor.

  • Thank you for your answer.
    – Sako
    Sep 13 '20 at 12:33

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