Note this is the long press and not the one for the short press as mentioned here How do I disable the Super key?

The super key has been a modifier long before Unity came, and I have used it on Compiz Zoom feature. So holding super down and moving the mouse scroll would zoom in and out the screen. But now in 12.04 the shortcut list screen pops up and it is irritating. I have also tried changing the keys to control +super + mouse scroll and a similar thing happens.

Is there anyway to disable or change the long press super key for this, I have searched Compiz Unity plugin, the Systems Preferences - Keyboard shortcuts settings and haven't been able to find this.

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1) Install Compiz-Settings-Manager (sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager),

2) Go to "Ubuntu Unity Plugin" > "Experimental" and uncheck "Enable Shortcuts Hint Overlay".

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If I'm not mistaken (too bad I'm not in Ubuntu right now to check it out), you can also use Unity Tweak Tool to disable the shortcuts overlay.


For those who do not wish to install Compiz-Settings-Manager and/or prefer to use scripts to configure Ubuntu, this setting is stored in gconf and can be edited with gconftool-2.

This works in Ubuntu 12.04:

gconftool-2 --set "/apps/compiz-1/plugins/unityshell/screen0/options/shortcut_overlay" --type boolean false

To check your work and see other key-value pairs you can configure:

gconftool-2 --recursive-list "/apps/compiz-1/plugins/unityshell/screen0/options"
  • Can you use gsettings under Ubuntu 12.04? Jan 16, 2015 at 22:03

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