For example, to see which keys switch between multiple terminal windows.

I'm trying to use the keyboard more and the mouse less.

If I have multiple windows open I can use alt-tab to switch between them.

By default it starts to select the 'next' application window but I found that if I hold it down for 2 seconds it will stay on the terminal window and allow me to switch between terminal windows. This is what I'm looking for.

Is there a way to be able to switch between windows - either through the multi-pane approach above or by cycling through the windows - without using the above approach with the 2 second delay.

It would be great if there was a way to do something like ctrl-tab or shiftalttab

I am not looking for split-window or tab windows or tmux pane solutions. I already use these and this is a separate issue that I like to know if there is any options to address this need.

Keyboard manager settings shows the below but doesn't seem to help me.

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Also keyboard shortcuts shows:

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but alt-f6 doesn't work


4 Answers 4


Pressing the Super key or the Windows Key key only for 2-3 seconds brings up the "Keyboard Shortcuts" window that shows the system's keyboard shortcuts.

Combinations shown using Super key:

shortcut overview screenshot

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    This doesn't work for me; has this functionality changed in newer versions? Holding the super key does literally nothing at the moment. (Ubuntu 16.04)
    – jhaagsma
    May 16, 2016 at 17:40
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    @jhaagsma This didn't work for me either (Ubuntu 16.04), turns out that you have to enable the super key first on some systems. I just got myself a new Dell XPS 13 and this help article on how to enable the super button did the trick for me. Basically, if the super/windows key doesn't open the dash, it doesn't show the keyboard shortcuts either. Mar 21, 2018 at 13:30
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    what about Ubuntu 18.04? AFAIK it was Unity feature
    – Piotrek
    Sep 27, 2018 at 12:39
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    This solution is probably outdated, as it doesn't seem to work with never versions of ubuntu (18.04.04 here).
    – somethis
    Jul 12, 2020 at 22:52
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    Does not work in Ubuntu 20.04 Oct 4, 2020 at 0:01

To show the keyboard shortcuts window, press (and hold) the super key (on my keyboard, this key had a Windows logo printed on it).

  • probably outdated information (see above)
    – somethis
    Jul 12, 2020 at 22:54

You can use Alt + Esc to switch between windows immediately. It's more ordered than the default method but doesn't show you a list of windows.


My old answer doesn't work anymore.

new answer: use this:


although it is not for my system so doesn't show any cutomizations.

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