I'm used to the terminal hot-keys Alt+B to move forward one word and Alt+L to move back one word. However, in the new Unity of Ubuntu 12.04, this doesn't seem to work as holding Alt and pressing B instead open the Help menu.

I have been looking around, but to no avail. I was wondering if anyone else has this issue as well?

  • if you switch to terminator it will work, not a solution but a workaround
    – Kempe
    May 21, 2012 at 12:31
  • Hi, I think you mean terminal right? Yes, if I switch to terminal, it'll work. Thanks :)
    – Vern
    May 22, 2012 at 7:29
  • @- Vern no i meant terminator, but great that that worked to. @Jacob i do not believe that a work around is an acceptable answer, thats why i made a comment
    – Kempe
    May 22, 2012 at 8:12

2 Answers 2


There's another way around this: you have to turn off "Menu Access Keys".

Open the terminal window, go to "edit->keyboard shortcuts" and unselect the first check box "Enable menu access keys (Such as Alt+F to open the File menu)".

After you unselect this, close and reopen Terminal and you should be able to use Alt+F/Alt+L/Alt+B to move by word.


After much plowing around for about a day or so, I've finally found a solution to the question. Here's how to use the key combinations:

Hold down the Super Key (on most PC systems, this is what is known as the 'windows' key) and then use ALT+B and ALT+L.

This is the way it is designed to work in Ubuntu 12.04.

Cheers, Vern

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