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What is the keyboard shortcut to minimise a window to launcher in unity?

I upgraded from Ubuntu 11.10 (with Gnome 3.2 I think), to Ubuntu 12.04 with Gnome 3.4.1, and my custom shortcuts have stopped working.

Opening up the All Settings -> Keyboard -> Shortcuts, I can see that my shortcuts are still there.

All of the shortcuts that I didn't change are working, and my shortcuts in the custom section are working (eg Ctrl+Alt+G to open gedit), its just that the shortcuts I had customised before the upgrade no longer work.

Under Launchers, I had changed "Launch Terminal" to Ctrl+Alt+T, and under Navigation I had changed move to workspace above/below to Shift+Ctrl+Up/Down.

Investigating further, it looks like the default shortcuts for these actions work (Ctrl+Alt+Up/ Down moves me up and down workspaces), so I'm guessing that there is some discrepancy between what I am seeing on the Keyboard Settings and what my computer is reading from.

Any help would be appreciated.

marked as duplicate by RolandiXor, RobotHumans, Mitch, jokerdino, Jorge Castro Sep 2 '12 at 14:00

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Doug's answer on the question linked below enabled me to change the keyboard shortcuts on gnome-shell under 12.04. The short answer is to use dconf-editor (GUI) or gsettings (command line), rather than System Settings.

What is the keyboard shortcut to minimise a window to launcher in unity?

  • Specifically, under: org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings – Tim May 31 '12 at 18:03

As answer 1 states this seems to be a bug in 12.04.

Fix announced for 12.10, see


Tip: The Win Key is "<Mod4>"


If you use Gnome Classical, you need to install gconf-editor and follow the instructions from http://www.wiredrevolution.com/gnome/fix-alt-tab-task-switching-in-gnome-shell

Ubuntu is really a timewaster concerning these small annoyances.


It is nice and easy in 12.10.

Go to System SettingsKeyboardShortcuts tab → Map Keys here's some screenshots to make it as easy to follow as possible:

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Click on this icon

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  • Keyboard shortcuts keeps reverting to default ones, over and over again, since upgrade to 12.10. For instance, I like using only left hand to change workspaces, and assign Alt-{# of desktop}, instead of defult CTRL-ALT-{arrows}, which requires to use both hands and to let go the mouse. ¿Is there a way of saving the dconf entries somewhere and restore it from command line on every login? – Awi Nov 8 '12 at 19:07

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