Keyboard shortcuts in gnome-terminal (Ctrl+Tab and Ctrl+Shift+Tab) in 12.04 don't seem to be working. Is there a setting that I dont know of?


Unfortunately assigning shortcuts with TAB key is a no go in Gnome (for whatever reason). So this will not work.

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    it is really uncomfortable to not have ctrl-tab. Thanks for that though, ive already learned to live without it. I should use ctrl-~ and ctrl-shift-~ now. – PnotNP May 9 '12 at 21:09
  • I tend to learn the native shortcuts and use those. So for gnome-terminal it's ctrl-shift-right & ctrl-shift-left – Paweł Gościcki May 9 '12 at 21:20
  • Another follow up mail.gnome.org/archives/desktop-devel-list/2009-November/… – Braiam Aug 28 '13 at 3:17
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    That bug report says it's RESOLVED FIXED, yet the problem seems to exist. Was it just reported fixed without doing anything? – Rahat Ahmed Dec 11 '13 at 0:25
  • I have my caps-lock mapped to escape through the OS and then I use Ctrl+Esc for next tab, so on the keyboard I am actually pressing Ctrl+Caps Lock for next tab. – still_dreaming_1 Aug 4 '15 at 18:06

A way to configure this is by setting gsettings from the terminal itself (two commands):

gsettings set org.gnome.Terminal.Legacy.Keybindings:/org/gnome/terminal/legacy/keybindings/ next-tab '<Primary>Tab'
gsettings set org.gnome.Terminal.Legacy.Keybindings:/org/gnome/terminal/legacy/keybindings/ prev-tab '<Primary><Shift>Tab'

Source: the last comment in the bug report

  • Exactly what I was looking for. Simple, effective, trivial to implement. This answer needs more upvotes. – Nickolai Mar 1 '18 at 3:19
  • Fantastic, thanks. The option no longer appears in dconf editor (in 18.04) as I answered above, but this works. – apostl3pol Sep 11 '18 at 4:29

Use dconf Editor. If it's not installed by default you can get it with sudo apt-get install dconf-tools. The shortcut can be modified at Org > Gnome > Terminal > Legacy > Keybindings.

Screenshot of dconf Editor

This works for me in Ubuntu Gnome 16.04. Reference: https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=738325

  • This should be the accepted answer. – Parth Thakkar Dec 29 '16 at 10:33
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    You can do this without installing anything using dconf write /org/gnome/terminal/legacy/keybindings/next-tab "'<Primary>Tab'" and dconf write /org/gnome/terminal/legacy/keybindings/prev-tab "'<Primary><Shift>Tab'" – John P Bloch Jan 20 '17 at 23:15

Use Ctrl+PageUP and Ctrl+PageDown (annoying, but it is what we have).

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