I am not a fan of unity so I decided to install gnome 3 on my PC which is running Ubuntu 13.10. But after the installation, I am failing to use some shortcuts like Ctrl+Alt+T to open the terminal and others for volume. Would someone help me please.

  • Are you able to set the shortcuts in Keyboard Settings?
    – Wilf
    Commented Feb 23, 2014 at 22:51
  • when i go to keyboard settings, Ctrl+Alt+T is already set for terminal launch. even in dconf editor.
    – Azarial.MW
    Commented Feb 24, 2014 at 14:10
  • Add a custom launcher to run gnome-terminal instead, then asign it to Ctrl-Alt-T
    – Wilf
    Commented Feb 24, 2014 at 15:56
  • thank you so much wilf, but how do i do that? would you explain a bit.
    – Azarial.MW
    Commented Feb 24, 2014 at 18:59
  • still not working......
    – Azarial.MW
    Commented Feb 27, 2014 at 19:42

3 Answers 3


EDIT: The easier way is reloading gnome shell using Alt+F2 (and then r)

Older way:

Same is the case for me. Try this

  1. mv .gconf/ .gconf.bak

  2. Logout and Login back.

It worked for me in Ubuntu Gnome 14.10.

Source : https://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/126127/global-keyboard-shortcuts-in-ubuntu-14-04

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    alt + F2 then command r worked fine, thanks.
    – cprn
    Commented Jan 14, 2015 at 18:47
  • note for dumbs like me: type a lowercase "r"
    – laconbass
    Commented Mar 3, 2018 at 9:14
  • "Alt+F2 r" no longer works with Wayland. Commented May 18, 2023 at 22:24

Open Keyboard Settings, and go to Shortcuts.

Click the + to add a new one, enter this, and click 'Apply':
'Open Terminal' under Name, and 'gnome-terminal' under Command

Then click 'Disabled', and press Ctrl+Alt+T to assign that keyboard shortcut.

If it prompts, press 'Reassign':

  • I tried this, the short cut is listed in the list of shortcuts, but the key combination just doesn't activate it. what do I have to do to activate the shortcut? I tried rebooting, log-out and back in... nothing worked
    – NeStack
    Commented Dec 3, 2021 at 13:36

In my case the gnome-settings-daemon process was hang:

 0 D alex   3798  3587  0  80   0 - 472136 rpc_wa Apr18 tty2    00:00:17 /usr/libexec/gnome-settings-daemon

I just killed it and it reloads automatically. After that everything is working properly.

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