I'm using a Logitech Cordless Mediaboard and since it doesn't have a win key, I need to change the shortcut for launching the dash.

I'm not looking to assign Alt Gr as win key or any other key. I want to change the shortcut key to launch the dash, for example Alt+z or Alt Gr


  • I don't know the answer, but this may help. I have an old Thinkpad with no win key, so I made the caps-lock key a win key. In addition to providing a win key, it also disables the useless caps-lock key so it won't accidentally get pressed and mess me up sometimes. It's easy to do in the keyboard layout settings. May 31, 2012 at 21:06
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    Duplicate? askubuntu.com/questions/34145/… - at least the answer should help!
    – Jakob
    Jun 1, 2012 at 12:32

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Go to Configuration Editor > / > apps > compiz-1 > plugins > unityshell > screen0 > options and edit the Show launcher string to <Alt>Z.

  • This doesn't seem to exist on 12.04. Any ideas? Jul 31, 2012 at 14:31
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    Aha, I had to install gconf-editor. Jul 31, 2012 at 15:04
  • @TedMielczarek glad to here that you've resolved it yourself, also note that these days some of the gconf entries are being migrated to gsettings or dconf-edior
    – Samik
    Jul 31, 2012 at 15:09
  • This didn't work on 15.10, this did: askubuntu.com/questions/34145/…
    – Nickolay
    Nov 14, 2015 at 21:10

This should work on Ubuntu 15.10:

  • Install compizconfig-settings-manager Install compizconfig-settings-manager.

  • Press Alt-F2, type about:config and press Enter.

  • Select the "Launcher" tab, and change the keyboard shortcut for "Key to show the Dash, Launcher and Help Overlay".

    Screenshot of CompizConfig Settings Manager

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    Under Ubuntu 16.04, this solution worked for me but with two variations. The package is found under in the Ubuntu Software Center under "CompizConfig Settings Manager". When the application is launched go to Category > Desktop > Ubuntu Unity Plugin, then the Launcher tab.
    – django
    Jun 28, 2017 at 7:26

Go to Sytem Settings > Keyboard > Shortcuts Tab

Under the Launchers category, look for the Search action and edit the accelerator.

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    Didn't work for me on ubuntu 15.10.
    – Nickolay
    Nov 14, 2015 at 20:59

For Ubuntu 12.04 LTS desktop, open the System Settings window. (If you need to locate it, search for Settings in the Dash.)

Keyboard shortcuts are under the Shortcuts tab of the Keyboard settings. However, I did not find a shortcut for the Dash.

Another way to go is to select Keyboard Layout and press the Options button in the lower left corner.

As suggested in a comment, one possibility is under Caps Lock key behavior. Also look at alternate mappings under Alt/Win key behavior or Ctrl key position.

You may also find the answer to this question useful.
An alternative to the Super key on an old keyboard

While not (I think) providing an answer to your question, this community wiki question may provide additional information which you may also be interested in.
What are Unity's keyboard and mouse shortcuts?

  1. Go to the dash: enter image description here

  2. Type keyboard and open it

  3. go to the shortcuts menu

Now you can edit all keyboard shortcuts

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    Except the one for dash, it seems (disabling the "Search" shortcut didn't work for me)
    – Nickolay
    Nov 14, 2015 at 20:59

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