I don't know why, but I know it happening.

After realizing that both Fn+F1 and Super+S switches between workspaces, I used xev and found out that Ubuntu senses Fn+F1 as Super+S.

In other words, Fn+F1 is interpreted as the same keystroke.

Why is this, and how do I fix it?

Added Info

  • The Leopard shortcuts menu has neither Fn+F1 nor Super+S
  • When I bind a shortcut to Fn+F1, the workspace selection screen appears, and when I back out, I find it to be set to Super+S.


Turns out that my computer's bios reset whether I needed to use the Fn key to activate special keys, and now after fixing it I need to press Fn+F1, which is shown on my keyboard to be the Search key.


Navigate to System Settings -> Keyboard -> Shortcuts.

It should look like this:

There should be options available to configure the shortcuts there. Look for the Super+S shortcut and change it to F1.

Also, remember to change the F1 shortcut to Super+S afterwards and that should sort out the problem.

  • Neither F1 nor Super+S shows on the leopard shortcuts, and when I bound F1 to a different, unrelated shortcut, it shows as Super+S, behaving exactly like xev. Jun 18 '16 at 16:38
  • Hold Super and then check what F1 does. What do you want F1 to do?
    – COrNotToC
    Jun 18 '16 at 16:47
  • This website: help.ubuntu.com/community/KeyboardShortcuts says that Super+S lets you "zoom out, show workplace switcher".
    – COrNotToC
    Jun 18 '16 at 16:52
  • Yes, I am aware that Super+S lets me switch workspaces; what I'm trying to say is that F1 behaves just like Super+S, even being interpreted as the same keystroke. Jun 18 '16 at 17:47

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