I've tried setting a custom shortcut for gnome-system-monitor on SHIFT+CTRL+ESCAPE because that's what I use on windows and I want it on ubuntu too. But it doesn't work. I tried setting the command, from settings-keyboard-shortcuts, as simply "gnome-system-monitor", then as "/usr/bin/gnome-system-monitor", and then tried setting it from compiz manager under commands. Nothing worked. My other shortcuts work (for example I have a shortcut of alt+win+f4 for poweroff). I have ubuntu 16.04 64-bit.

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  • Was this done from system settings --> keyboard --> shortcuts? – George Udosen May 26 '17 at 16:54
  • Yeah.. I'll edit it to be more plain – Apostolis Kennedy May 27 '17 at 1:01
  • Can you post a screenshot of the shortcut editor? – Nonny Moose May 27 '17 at 1:32
  • please lets have a screen shot of the command you entered – George Udosen May 27 '17 at 5:00
  • did you try deleting the shortcut and creating it again? this method worked for me. – RD017 May 27 '17 at 18:13

I found the problem. Something that has to do with ESC probably. I'm not sure but it is possible that can't be used in a shortcut. Or there is a problem with this specific combo, though I couldn't find any other shortcut that uses it which would be a problem.

I changed it to SHIFT+CTRL+HOME and it now works!

  • SHIFT+CTRL+ESC works perfectly for me on Mint. – ankit Mar 10 '19 at 11:24

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