I would like to change the keyboard shortcut for the workspace switcher in Unitity. How can I do that? Currently it is set to Supre+S. I would like to set it to Ctrl+`. Strangely enough I can find this option neither under the System Settings > Keyboard > Shortcuts nor in ccsm..

  • You should be able to switch between workspaces using Ctrl+Alt+Arrow keys. – Radu Rădeanu Jun 27 '13 at 13:34
  • @radu-rdeanu: Well, I would like to get to windows switcher by pressing Ctrl+` and not super+s. Going from one workspace to another I already configured.. – arthur Jun 27 '13 at 13:36

You can use CompizConfig Settings Manager Install CompizConfig Settings Manager. Go to Desktop > Expo, select Bindings tab and change the value of Expo key as you wish:

CompizConfig Settings Manager

Generally, if you want to find quickly a keyboard shortcut which is set in CompizConfig Settings Manager, you can use Advanced Search option (Settings value must to be selected):

Search in Compiz

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    holly cow. This is extremely useful – arthur Jun 27 '13 at 15:01
  • Do you happen to also know how to change the supre+w behaviour ? I could, of course, start a new ticket for that :) – arthur Jun 27 '13 at 15:05
  • @arthur I don't find now... You can ask a new question if you wish. – Radu Rădeanu Jun 27 '13 at 15:10
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    Found it: it is under scale plugin (initiate window picker for all Windows) :-) Thanks mate! – arthur Jun 27 '13 at 15:11
  • @arthur Yep, you're right; check the new method that I added at my answer. – Radu Rădeanu Jun 27 '13 at 15:38

You can use Unity Tweak Tool.


UTT is in the Raring repos, so if you're running 13.04 you can just use the command:

sudo apt-get install unity-tweak-tool  

Or through the software center:

Install unity-tweak-tool

If you are running Precise or Quantal you will need to use the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:freyja-dev/unity-tweak-tool-daily && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install unity-tweak-tool 

the workspace switcher

Open UTT; under the "Window Manager" section open "Workspace Settings".

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Now under "Workspace Shortcuts" will be the "Start workspace switcher entry", opposite of which will be the key currently assigned to the workspace switcher. Click on that key name and press the new key you want to activate the workspace switcher.

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Log out and log back in and you're done!

I personally prefer using UTT over CCSM because it only modifies dconf values and hence is a safer tool to use.

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  • This approach using unity-tweak-tool does not work in 16.04 for binding keys such as Alt or Windows. – Adam Spiers Jun 25 '16 at 21:01

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