Set keyboard shortcuts

To change the key or keys to be pressed for a keyboard shortcut:

  1. Open the Activities overview and start typing Keyboard.

  2. Click on Keyboard to open the panel.

  3. Select the Shortcuts tab.

  4. Select a category in the left pane, and the row for the desired action on the right. The current shortcut definition will change to New accelerator…

  5. Hold down the desired key combination, or press Backspace to clear.

Pre-defined shortcuts

There are a number of pre-configured shortcuts that can be changed, grouped into these categories:

Launchers

Launch help browser

Disabled

Launch calculator

Calculator key symbol or Calculator

Launch email client

Mail key symbol or Mail

Launch web browser

WWW key symbol or WWW key symbol or WWW

Home folder

Explorer key symbol or Explorer key symbol or Explorer

Search

Search key symbol or Search

Navigation

Move window to workspace 1

Disabled

Move window to workspace 2

Disabled

Move window to workspace 3

Disabled

Move window to workspace 4

Disabled

Move window one workspace to the left

Shift+Ctrl+Alt+

Move window one workspace to the right

Shift+Ctrl+Alt+

Move window one workspace up

Shift+Super+Page Up

Move window one workspace down

Shift+Super+Page Down

Switch applications

Super+Tab

Switch windows

Disabled

Switch windows of an application

Disabled

Switch system controls

Ctrl+Alt+Tab

Switch windows directly

Alt+Esc

Switch windows of an app directly

Alt+F6

Switch system controls directly

Ctrl+Alt+Esc

Hide all normal windows

Disabled

Switch to workspace 1

Disabled

Switch to workspace 2

Disabled

Switch to workspace 3

Disabled

Switch to workspace 4

Disabled

Move to workspace left

Ctrl+Alt+

Move to workspace right

Ctrl+Alt+

Move to workspace above

Super+Page Up

Move to workspace below

Super+Page Down

Screenshots

Save a screenshot to file

Print

Save a screenshot of a window to file

Alt+Print

Save a screenshot of an area to file

Shift+Print

Copy a screenshot to clipboard

Ctrl+Print

Copy a screenshot of a window to clipboard

Ctrl+Alt+Print

Copy a screenshot of an area to clipboard

Shift+Ctrl+Print

Record a screencast

Shift+Ctrl+Alt+R

Sound and Media

Volume mute

Mute key symbol (Audio mute)

Volume down

Volume Down key symbol (Audio lower volume)

Volume up

Volume Up key symbol (Audio raise volume)

Launch media player

Media key symbol (Audio media)

Play (or play/pause)

Play key symbol (Audio play)

Pause playback

Pause key symbol (Audio pause)

Stop playback

Stop key symbol (Audio stop)

Previous track

Previous key symbol (Audio previous)

Next track

Next key symbol (Audio next)

Eject

Eject key symbol (Eject)

System

Show the run command prompt

Alt+F2

Show the activities overview

Alt+F1

Log out

Ctrl+Alt+Delete

Lock screen

Super+L

Show the message tray

Super+M

Focus the active notification

Super+N

Show all applications

Super+A

Open the application menu

Super+F10

Typing

Switch to next input source

Super+Space

Switch to previous input source

Disabled

Modifiers-only switch to next source

Disabled

Compose Key

Disabled

Alternative Characters Key

Disabled

Universal Access

Turn zoom on or off

Alt+Super+8

Zoom in

Alt+Super+=

Zoom out

Alt+Super+-

Turn screen reader on or off

Disabled

Turn on-screen keyboard on or off

Disabled

Increase text size

Disabled

Decrease text size

Disabled

High contrast on or off

Disabled

Windows

Activate the window menu

Alt+Space

Toggle fullscreen mode

Disabled

Toggle maximization state

Alt+F10

Maximize window

Super+

Restore window

Super+

Toggle shaded state

Disabled

Close window

Alt+F4

Hide window

Super+H

Move window

Alt+F7

Resize window

Alt+F8

Toggle window on all workspaces or one

Disabled

Raise window if covered, otherwise lower it

Disabled

Raise window above other windows

Disabled

Lower window below other windows

Disabled

Maximize window vertically

Disabled

Maximize window horizontally

Disabled

View split on left

Super+

View split on right

Super+

Custom shortcuts

To create your own application keyboard shortcut in the Keyboard settings:

  1. Click the + button. The Custom Shortcut window will appear.

  2. Type a Name to identify the shortcut, and a Command to run an application, then click Add. For example, if you wanted the shortcut to open Rhythmbox, you could name it Music and use the rhythmbox command.

  3. Click Disabled in the row that was just added. When it changes to New accelerator…, hold down the desired shortcut key combination.

The command name that you type should be a valid system command. You can check that the command works by opening a Terminal and typing it in there. The command that opens an application cannot have the same name as the application itself.

If you want to change the command that is associated with a custom keyboard shortcut, double-click the name of the shortcut. The Custom Shortcut window will appear, and you can edit the command.