Is there a way to disable opening the dash when I press the "Super"/"Windows" button?


One way to achieve this is to use CompizConfig Settings Manager.

It does not come preinstalled with Ubuntu by default, so you probably have to install it first:

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

Alternatively you can also click this link to install it through your Software Center: Install

When it's installed, launch it with the command ccsm or search it in the Dash.
You will see a window like this:

CompizConfig Settings Manager - Plugin Overview

Select the Ubuntu Unity Plugin, then switch to the Launcher tab in there.

The first option is what you're looking for:

Key to show the Dash, Launcher and Help Overlay

You can set a new shortcut or entirely disable it using the three buttons on the right.

CompizConfig Settings Manager - Ubuntu Unity Plugin - Launcher


I suspect you want to stop Ubuntu/Unity from intercepting the Super key (which is the key with the Windows logo on it). One possible solution would be to install the unity-tweak-tool as suggested in this question:

sudo apt-get install unity-tweak-tool

Launch the unity-tweak-tool. In the 'Unity' section, select 'Additional'. Click on 'Super' next to 'Show the launcher'. Now you can select a different key or key-combination.

  • ubuntu 18.04 you also need to do: sudo apt install notify-osd – Neil McGill Jun 15 '19 at 19:54

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