I recently installed Ubuntu 17.10 on my laptop, and I'm irritated by the behavior regarding the Super + Number shortcut to open an application in the dash: The numbers on the icons in the dash are shown only after pressing a number. (Also, holding the Super key does not make the dash appear (I configured the dash to automatically hide when a window overlaps it). This isn't that big of a deal, as I can just release Super in order to display the application overview.)

I could, of course, try and remember which number was which app, or count through the icons, to figure out which number to press. Still, this is somewhat unsatisfying and I can't imagine that this behavior was intended this way.

Is there anything we can do about it?


I found a solution: You can press Super+Q to make the dash appear with enumerated icons for about two seconds. I figured this out by playing around with key combinations. It is not listed in the system preferences, though.

So have fun now


  • This is super annoying. And it looks like competing for the application overlay focus. – tutuca Mar 7 '18 at 3:36

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