I need some short cuts to launch applications, as opening them from the dash takes time. Is it possible to launch applications from a custom key combination?

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    Pressing Super + a number key will open the application at that position in the dock. Hold Super and you will see this. – njallam Aug 25 '12 at 13:53
  • Yes, but it works for only for application in Unity. I want to know about other rarely using applications like artha, system monitor. I don't want them to be in unity bar always – Abhishek Aug 25 '12 at 14:03
  • I'm writing a solution now. – njallam Aug 25 '12 at 14:03

Pressing Super + a number key will open the application that is at that position in the dock.

TIP: You can find this out as well as lots of other keyboard shortcuts by pressing Super.

If you would like keyboard shortcuts for applications that are not in the dock, or would like a custom key combination that doesn't involve the Super key, then follow the following instructions:

  1. Open System Settings.
  2. Choose Keyboard.
  3. Go to the Shortcuts tab.
  4. Choose Custom Shortcuts from the left (it's at the bottom of the list).
  5. Click the + button at the bottom of the window.
  6. In Name, type a name for the shortcut. E.g. "Open Firefox".
  7. In Command, type the command you want it to execute. (For a program it is likely to be the program name in lowercase. Mozilla Firefox is "firefox".)
  8. Click Apply
  9. Find your new entry in the list (the large box).
  10. Where it says "Disabled" click your mouse.
  11. Press the key combination you want it to be assigned to on your keyboard.

To change your key combination, just go the the Shortcuts section of Keyboard and click on the key combination it is currently assigned to, next to it's entry.

To remove your key combination, click it (not the shortcut, the name) and press the - button, next to the + button.

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  • You're very welcome. – njallam Aug 25 '12 at 14:17
  • Any idea why super with number keys would not work as you described? For me super will open a search for applications and not show any shortcuts. Similarly super + a number does not start the corresponding application. – Kvothe Jul 4 '18 at 14:11

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