I want to use my Superkey for custom shortcuts. Sometimes it does not seem possible, if the key combination is already used by Unity.

For example, I want to set Super+a to switch to the window demanding attention. I set it in CCSM -▸ Extra WM Actions -▸ Activate Demanding Attention Window, but when I press it, the launcher opens in Application mode instead. Same thing with Super+f, it opens the Launcher in File mode instead of going fullscreen as I defined in Compiz.

I have read this article: Can I define keyboard shortcuts using the Super key? but there is no "Key to show the launcher" in 14.04, only a "Key to show the HUD when tapped", which I have already disabled. It shows up in the All settings -▸ Keyboard as well, also disabled. As I understand, the HUD is not the same as the launcher anyway.

Ideally I would like to keep the Super behavior (opening launcher) when pressed alone, but still have the ability to define my own Super+key combinations. I also want to keep Super+digit.


The workaround I found is to disable the lens functionalities.

All the shortcuts I want to use are taken by lens shortcuts (Super+a for applications, Super+f for files), thus making them unusable for other functionality

I never use lenses anyway, and removing them frees the shortcuts:

$ dconf write /com/canonical/unity/dash/scopes "['home.scope']"

You can do this (and remove only some of the scopes/lenses if you wish) with dconf-editor, as per this and this posts.


I set my own Super/Win+SigleKey in "System settings/Keyboard/Shorcuts":

Click the + on bottom to add your own shortcuts, eg mine are Super+C for calculator, Super+T ro run gnome-terminal, Super+Shift+T to run root terminal, Super+D to show desktop ... damned, doesn't work anymore and no option... ok found one in "unity-tweak-tool -▸ Window manager -▸ General: Keyboard shortcuts" but it doesn't work.

EDIT: I found in "unity-tweak-tool -▸ Launcher -▸ Additional: Keyboard shortcuts" what you search. Mine is set to Super+A

  • @v2r Leon-the-cleaner, I checked google images to get the real english pathes/names in unity-tweak-tool: the roughly translated ones I referred are "Window<s>s</s> Manager-▸ General : Keyboard shortcuts" and "Launcher -▸ Additional : Keyboard shortcuts" (feel free to edit my posts and delete this one) – useful Jun 14 '14 at 18:02
  • I only have 5mn, then the post is locked – useful Jun 14 '14 at 18:25
  • I am able to set some shortcuts, it's only the ones that are already in use by the launcher that I can't use. Super+f, for example, opens the launcher in file mode. I want to override that. I would also like to keep the ability to open the launcher with a single press on Super. – Gauthier Jun 16 '14 at 7:08
  • I meet the same issue. Long Super won't display shortcuts list overlay, Super+D won't show desktop/minimize all windows, it seems like the Super key is disabled in some case, Super+D in Firefox triggers search for d (I have selected the Advanced option Search when typing text), when still in Firefox Super+W will correctly show the Unity Spread windows behaviour – useful Jun 16 '14 at 8:35

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