Set keyboard shortcuts

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

  1. Open the Activities overview and start typing Settings.

  2. Click on Settings.

  3. Click Devices in the sidebar.

  4. Click Keyboard in the sidebar to open the panel.

  5. Click the row for the desired action. The Set shortcut window will be shown.

  6. Hold down the desired key combination, or press Backspace to reset, or press Esc to cancel.

Pre-defined shortcuts

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

Launchers

Home folder

Explorer key symbol or Explorer key symbol or Explorer

Launch calculator

Calculator key symbol or Calculator

Launch email client

Mail key symbol or Mail

Launch help browser

Disabled

Launch web browser

WWW key symbol or WWW key symbol or WWW

Search

Search key symbol or Search

Settings

Tools

Navigation

Hide all normal windows

Disabled

Move to workspace above

Super+Page Up

Move to workspace below

Super+Page Down

Move window one monitor down

Shift+Super+

Move window one monitor to the left

Shift+Super+

Move window one monitor to the right

Shift+Super+

Move window one monitor up

Shift+Super+

Move window one workspace down

Shift+Super+Page Down

Move window one workspace up

Shift+Super+Page Up

Move window to last workspace

Shift+Super+End

Move window to workspace 1

Shift+Super+Home

Move window to workspace 2

Disabled

Move window to workspace 3

Disabled

Move window to workspace 4

Disabled

Switch applications

Super+Tab

Switch system controls

Ctrl+Alt+Tab

Switch system controls directly

Ctrl+Alt+Esc

Switch to last workspace

Super+End

Switch to workspace 1

Super+Home

Switch to workspace 2

Disabled

Switch to workspace 3

Disabled

Switch to workspace 4

Disabled

Switch windows

Disabled

Switch windows directly

Alt+Esc

Switch windows of an app directly

Alt+F6

Switch windows of an application

Disabled

Screenshots

Copy a screenshot of a window to clipboard

Ctrl+Alt+Print

Copy a screenshot of an area to clipboard

Shift+Ctrl+Print

Copy a screenshot to clipboard

Ctrl+Print

Record a short screencast

Shift+Ctrl+Alt+R

Save a screenshot of a window to Pictures

Alt+Print

Save a screenshot of an area to Pictures

Shift+Print

Save a screenshot to Pictures

Print

Sound and Media

Eject

Eject key symbol (Eject)

Launch media player

Media key symbol (Audio media)

Next track

Next key symbol (Audio next)

Pause playback

Pause key symbol (Audio pause)

Play (or play/pause)

Play key symbol (Audio play)

Previous track

Previous key symbol (Audio previous)

Stop playback

Stop key symbol (Audio stop)

Volume down

Volume Down key symbol (Audio lower volume)

Volume mute

Mute key symbol (Audio mute)

Volume up

Volume Up key symbol (Audio raise volume)

System

Focus the active notification

Super+N

Lock screen

Super+L

Log out

Ctrl+Alt+Delete

Open the application menu

Super+F10

Restore the keyboard shortcuts

Super+Esc

Show all applications

Super+A

Show the activities overview

Alt+F1

Show the notification list

Super+V

Show the overview

Super+S

Show the run command prompt

Alt+F2

Typing

Switch to next input source

Super+Space

Switch to previous input source

Shift+Super+Space

Universal Access

Decrease text size

Disabled

High contrast on or off

Disabled

Increase text size

Disabled

Turn on-screen keyboard on or off

Disabled

Turn screen reader on or off

Alt+Super+S

Turn zoom on or off

Alt+Super+8

Zoom in

Alt+Super+=

Zoom out

Alt+Super+-

Windows

Activate the window menu

Alt+Space

Close window

Alt+F4

Hide window

Super+H

Lower window below other windows

Disabled

Maximize window

Super+

Maximize window horizontally

Disabled

Maximize window vertically

Disabled

Move window

Alt+F7

Raise window above other windows

Disabled

Raise window if covered, otherwise lower it

Disabled

Resize window

Alt+F8

Restore window

Super+

Toggle fullscreen mode

Disabled

Toggle maximization state

Alt+F10

Toggle window on all workspaces or one

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 Add Custom Shortcut window will appear.

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

  3. Click the row that was just added. When the Set Custom Shortcut window opens, hold down the desired shortcut key combination.

  4. Click Add.

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, click the name of the shortcut. The Set Custom Shortcut window will appear, and you can edit the command.