In Ubuntu 11.04, Ctrl-Alt-Del gives me a menu with shutdown, hibernate, suspend and restart, but no logout. Is there a key combination to logout of Ubuntu? Is there a way to provide one?
Creating custom keyboard shortcuts:
For 12.04 LTS and later:
To add a new shortcut open System Settings -> Keyboard and choose the Shortcuts tab:
Press the '+' sign on the bottom left to enter the name of your custom shortcut and the command you want to run (e.g.
gnome-session-quit --logout --no-prompt). After having applied this you are able to select the line of your new shortcut. Then press the desired key combination. In case the key combination already exist we will have to delete this first.
For 14.04 LTS and later:
In a default Unity session the new logout dialog is presented needing another at least two keystrokes to select poweroff from the menu:
The old dialog with a 60 s timeout will only be displayed in a gnome-flashback session.
In Ubuntu 11.10 you could write a script containing
#/bin/bash gnome-session-quit --logout --no-prompt
make it executable with
chmod +x script-name, then set a global shortcut to execute this script in Gnome Control Center -> Keyboard.
In previous Ubuntu versions there was
In Ubuntu 1204 there are two out-of-the-box solutions:
"Run a command" technique:
Alt-F2 | type
"Indicator menu" technique:
Alt-F10 | arrow right or left to gear icon | arrow down to
In each case, confirm logout by hitting Enter. A bug in Ubuntu for #1 is that if you login and do nothing and hit Alt-F2 you get Dash (to run programs). Just hit Esc and try again with Alt-F2 and you'll get the "Run a command" instead this time.
If you are using Unity (the default environment in Ubuntu 11.04 and later) then you can press the
Super key (aka the Windows key) to bring up the dash, type in "log" and the first option is "Log Out" so just press
Enter. This will bring up a dialog box to confirm whether you want to log out, with the "Log Out" button already selected, so press
Enter again. And you're logged out.