I am using Gnome 3. After upgrading from 11.10 to 12.04, Ctrl+Alt+S was reclaimed for use in toggling the shaded state of a window.

I have checked the following places, and I haven't been able to find any instance of a keybinding set for toggling the shaded state.

  • System Settings / Hardware / Keyboard / Shortcuts (as per How do I disable Ctrl+Alt+s to minimize a window?)
    • I even tried setting a different shortcut. Made no difference.
  • dconf-editor (now deprecated, from what I've found)
  • gconf-editor/gsettings

What am I missing?

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    Nov 8, 2012 at 16:55

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The trick is to set up a new shortcut for the toggle-shade feature, using dconf-editor. Follow these steps:

  1. Install dconf-editor: sudo apt-get install dconf-tools
  2. Open dconf-editor (Alt+F2, enter dconf-editor)
  3. Expand until the element: org → gnome → desktop → wm → keybindings.
  4. Change the value for the key toggle-shaded to something less intrusive: ['<Control><Super>s']

UPDATE: There is an easier way to do it that does not require dconf-editor:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings toggle-shaded "['<Control><Super>s']"

Edit from Michael Fischer: T o disable the keybinding with gsettings, just use the value ['disabled']


gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings toggle-shaded "['disabled']"

the following:

CompizCompiz > General > General Options > Key Bindings > (At the bottom) Toggle Window Shaded

will work if you install gnome-fall back in ubuntu 12.04

see :- http://ubuntuguide.org/wiki/Ubuntu:Precise#Install_a_classic_Gnome-appearing_User_Interface

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