What is the keyboard shortcut for run application in unity, or how do I get to the applications screen quickly?

I've still got the gnome application for setting keyboard shortcuts, and it has alt + f2 set for "Show the run command prompt", but that doesn't actually do anything.

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    You might want to file a bug report about this ("Unity needs a run dialog"). – JanC Oct 26 '10 at 8:51
  • With Super I can see small numbers on the side bar and I can use it with Super + 1-0, obviously it's not what you're looking for. – skalka Oct 26 '10 at 9:56
  • @skalka: thanks. I knew about that and I have been trying to use it more (and it is handy) but every now and then I just need a run dialog anyway. – wds Nov 3 '10 at 10:47
  • Bonus advice: once you narrowed the application entry down to your desired application in first place: pressing 3x <tab>, followed by 3x ↓, followed by enter allows you to reach the item to start in a mouse-less fashion :-) – Frank Nocke Mar 7 '17 at 10:03
  1. Install gmrun

    sudo apt-get install gmrun
  2. Use the Add button in gnome-keybinding-properties to create a new action with the command gmrun. You can then bound it to Alt+F2 or Super+R or any other combination.

This however is not as powerful as the Alt+F2 of the gnome-panel.

Other alternatives:

Install kupfer

sudo apt-get install kupfer

Install gnome-do

sudo apt-get install gnome-do

Install Synapse

sudo apt-get install synapse
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  • I think Gnome-Do is a very good replacement of "Run Application". – Alfredo Hernández Oct 27 '10 at 22:02
  • I tried out both, not sure which I'll pick eventually but gnome-do is less heavy than I thought it would be, so sticking to that for now. – wds Nov 3 '10 at 10:46

This is a known bug: https://bugs.edge.launchpad.net/unity/+bug/580295

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Try this: Five alternative apps for ALT+F2 functionality in Unity

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