I can't find where this shortcut is defined. How can I disable it?


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This is what worked for me

  • Open a terminal and run dconf-editor
  • Navigate to org > gnome > desktop > wm > keybindings
  • Find ['<Super>Above_Tab', '<Alt>Above_Tab']
  • Set it to ['disabled']
  • This should free up that binding for you to use elsewhere.

(ps: I use alt-grave to switch back one application like you can in mac - works well for me and the setting for that is in dconf-editor under the same place

For those of you that don't know what a grave is, it is the key right above the tab key and to the left of the number 1 key it looks like this (`). It's also known as a backtick and is used in mark down and python as a comment like this

`code here`
```or in some markdown dialects, code here``` 
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    What is the actual rule called in here>? As I can't find it linked to the commands you are saying Feb 13, 2017 at 11:18
  • Anyone managed to sort it out on Ubuntu 16.04? Worked fine for me on 14.04 and also migrated to 16.04 on upgrade, however stopped working on a fresh install
    – SyBer
    Feb 14, 2017 at 18:36
  • Did a cross-question at superuser.com/questions/1178633/…, if someone wants to earn points.
    – SyBer
    Feb 14, 2017 at 18:37
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    Wish I could upvote my own post.... I use this every time I install Linux Aug 11, 2017 at 7:16
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    see this answer for ubuntu 18.04
    – adl
    Jun 19, 2019 at 7:26
  • Install the compizconfig-settings-manager Install compizconfig-settings-manager package
  • The setting can be found in Desktop, Ubuntu Unity Plugin, Switcher
  • Change Key to flip through windows in the switcher from disabled to something else.

And the reason you can not find it: disabled means it uses alt+` so it is impossible to find if you did not already know where it is used for ;)

  • This isn't working for me with Ubuntu 12.04. I gave it another key. I've ticked the "Enable Ubuntu Unity Plugin". I've rebooted. But it doesn't respond to the new key and Alt+~ still functions.
    – Tergiver
    Dec 27, 2013 at 19:52
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    This does work for me in 14.04 to stop the default window switcher from using alt-grave. But in order to then use alt-grave for something else (the static window switcher) I also had to use @codenamejames' answer below. Thanks! Nov 18, 2015 at 20:25
  • (in fact, after using both this answer AND @codenamejames answer, I still couldn't get alt-grave to work as static-switcher prev window. It was still bound to some 'unity switcher prev window on this workspace' action. So I did this answer over again, for every action on the unity plugin switcher's tab's list of keybinds. That seems to have nuked it.) Nov 18, 2015 at 21:29
  • Run compizconfig-settings-manager with ccsm.
    – davidA
    Dec 13, 2016 at 5:04
  • Caution: in my settings, this wasn't disabled, but rather, was assigned to a key that was already bound to something else. Mar 14, 2018 at 3:32

Or as a one-liner:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings switch-group "[]"
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    Thanks! For those wondering, this is basically the same answer as the one from @codenamejames but quicker :) Sep 29, 2021 at 8:46

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