I am running Lubuntu 11.10. By default the main menu is bound to Alt+F1 (A-F1) which works. Here is the relevant code from ~/.config/openbox/lubuntu-rc.xml

<keybind key="A-F1">
  <action name="Execute">
    <command>lxpanelctl menu</command>

This works. When I hit Alt+F1, I can see the start menu.

If I change the keys to "Windows key + M" (W-m), I can pull up the start menu using Win+M

<keybind key="W-m">
  <action name="Execute">
    <command>lxpanelctl menu</command>

However, I cannot bind the start menu to the Windows key alone. If I try replacing "W-m" by "W", the "W" alphabet key gets bound to the start menu. If I try "W-" nothing happens, I have tried the "Super" option too but to no avail.

How can I bind the Lubuntu main menu to the windows Key?

I have been through some relevant lubuntu questions, like this one, which tries to do the opposite. How do I unbind Super key from menu in Lubuntu

3 Answers 3


I managed to just get this to work with 'Super_L', not 'Super'. Hope that works. You could also set 'Super_R' to do the same thing, if you have one.

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    I remember seeing Super_L when I was searching for a solution, but thought it referred to Win+L key. Ah! it refers to the left Windows key. Thanks.
    – abel
    Nov 15, 2011 at 18:07
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    Is there a way to get the super key to 'toggle' the menu? Currently, it would only open it, and I wouldn't be able to close it if I pressed again.
    – levesque
    Nov 11, 2014 at 18:57
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    @levesque Here, if you haven't seen it and still need it.
    – Scimonster
    Feb 28, 2016 at 14:08
  • Is there a way to close the menu again by pressing the same key?
    – kiltek
    Oct 22, 2017 at 19:49

Super_L worked for me

<keybind key="Super_L">
  <action name="Execute">
    <command>lxpanelctl menu</command>
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    how can do refresh it in my bash? should I reboot? I've tried lxpanelctl restart, but it dont work
    – Milor123
    Mar 2, 2018 at 20:48
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    Fix confirmed working on Lubuntu 14.04, but destroys Win + ArrowLeft, and other keybindings to position windows on the screen.
    – user14654
    May 17, 2018 at 20:07

Ubuntu 10.x

In terminal:

gconftool-2 --set /apps/metacity/global_keybindings/panel_main_menu --type string "Super_L"

From: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/27038/use-the-windows-key-for-the-start-menu-in-ubuntu-linux-10.04/

  • 1
    Did not work on Lubuntu 14.04.
    – user14654
    May 17, 2018 at 19:56

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