After upgrading from 10.10 to 11.04, the key sequence ALT-Shift-UpArrow now seems to have a window-manager level definition.

It seems that this is a new unity key sequence. However, I'm using "Classic Ubuntu" on login - i.e. I'm using Gnome. Nevertheless, this new key sequence has its Unity functionality.

I'm an emacs user (where Meta=ALT), and Meta-Shift-UpArrow is a key sequence that I use fairly often (manipulating tables in org-mode). So I'd like to know how to turn off this Unity/Gnome keybinding, so that emacs actually sees this key sequence.

As far as I can see, this keybinding (ALT-Shift-UpArrow) is not mentioned in the Gnome "Keyboard Shortcuts" tool (available from the System->Preferences menu).

  • @Jorge: thanks for the edit. I only mentioned 11.04 because the problem appeared exactly upon upgrade from 10.10 to 11.04. – George McNinch May 7 '11 at 14:34
  • I don't have time for a full answer but I am reasonably certain that this shortcut is found in the compiz tools, not GNOME's tools. – Jorge Castro May 7 '11 at 15:33
  • @Jorge: Perfect; thanks. After installing CompizConfig settings manager, turned off "scale" window management option, and the keybinding is now off. – George McNinch May 7 '11 at 15:52
  • Please write your resolution in an answer and accept it, since your problem is solved. Otherwise, your question will still show up in the list of unanswered questions. – Scott Severance May 8 '11 at 3:37
sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

Dash Home -> CompizConfig Settings Manager-> Scale(icon) under Windows Management Category -> Bindings(tab) -> Initiate Windows Picker -> change to <Shift><Super>Up


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    Thanks, but that's rather fcked up method of handling short cut keys. I've just spend 15 minutes looking for the ^&*^&^ thing, no search capacity either. Maybe the Ubuntu devs should take a closer look at how Eclipse handles short cut keys. – Maarten Bodewes Apr 26 '14 at 20:36

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