Basically I have a duplicate issue of this guy: Super key not working

ALT+F2 opens the "Run a command" shortcut, ALT by itself opens the HUD, but I cannot use any shortcut to open the Dash, which is making Unity very frustrating to use. I can't seem to find a keyboard shortcut setting for it. I can bind other actions to Super and they work as expected, but I don't see any setting to let me use Super to open the Dash...

  • Try installing compizconfig-settings-manager and under Unity Plugin, "Launcher" tab , check if your Super key is unset. See the screenshot of how it's supposed to look: imgur.com/a/aY8PX If it's disabled , there's the problem Jan 17, 2017 at 8:32

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I had the same issue on 16.04.

I used this command to enable Super key for opening the Unity launcher and it worked for me

dconf write /org/compiz/profiles/unity/plugins/unityshell/show-launcher "'Enabled'"
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    Yes it worked, the key value was set to 'Disabled' by default
    – Ponchy
    Mar 9, 2017 at 13:43
  • it worked after I logged out. Mar 23, 2018 at 13:04
  • This should definitely be marked as the answer, worked a charm immediately! May 22, 2019 at 13:13

I had the same problem and this worked for me in 16.04

Install compizconfig-settings-manager and dconf-editor.

Open dconf-editor: navigate to org > compiz > unity > profiles > plugins > unityshell and change the value of key show-launcher to <Super>.


I have seen this happen , I'm not quite sure why but unity sometimes crashes and becomes unclickable.

I workaround it by pressing ALT + F2 and typing

unity --replace

The screen will flash as unity reloads and it should be back to normal.

If that doesn't work you can try resetting your unity config with the following commands, you might need to install unity-tweak-tool first.

unity-tweak-tool --reset-unity
dconf reset -f /org/compiz/
setsid unity
  • Didn't help, unfortunately. This has never worked, not even off of a fresh boot. Sep 27, 2016 at 14:11
  • i've added some reset instructions
    – Amias
    Sep 27, 2016 at 14:55

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