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Alexio
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 Keyboard Shortcuts for the GNOME Desktop


1. General Shortcut Keys

Alt + F1

Opens the Applications Menu.

Alt + F2

Displays the Run Application dialog.

Print Screen

Takes a screenshot.

Alt + Print Screen

Takes a screenshot of the window that has focus.

Ctrl + Alt + right arrow

Switches to the workspace to the right of the current workspace.

Ctrl + Alt + left arrow

Switches to the workspace to the left of the current workspace.

Ctrl + Alt + up arrow

Switches to the workspace above the current workspace.

Ctrl + Alt + down arrow

Switches to the workspace below the current workspace.

Ctrl + Alt + d

Minimizes all windows, and gives focus to the desktop.

F1

Starts the online help browser, and displays appropriate online Help.

 

2. Window Shortcut Keys

Alt + Tab

Switches between windows. When you use these shortcut keys, a list of windows that you can select is displayed. Release the keys to select a window.

Alt + Esc

Switches between windows in reverse order. Release the keys to select a window.

F10

Opens the first menu on the left side of the menubar.

Alt + spacebar

Opens the Window Menu.

Arrow keys

Moves the focus between items in a menu.

Return

Chooses a menu item.

Esc

Closes an open menu.

Ctrl + Alt + right arrow

Switches to the workspace to the right of the current workspace.

Ctrl + Alt + left arrow

Switches to the workspace to the left of the current workspace.

Ctrl + Alt + up arrow

Switches to the workspace above the current workspace.

Ctrl + Alt + down arrow

Switches to the workspace below the current workspace.

Ctrl + Alt + d

Minimizes all windows, and gives focus to the desktop.

When a window has focus, you can increase or decrease the size of the window:

Alt + F8

Start the resize operation.

Arrow keys

Resize the window in the direction of the arrow key.

Spacebar

Complete the resize operation, leaving the window at the current size.

Esc

Cancel the resize operation, restoring the window to its original size.

Move windows between workspaces:

Ctrl + Shift + Alt + Arrow key

Use the arrow keys to move windows between workspaces

 

3. Panel Shortcut Keys

Ctrl + Alt + Tab

Switches the focus between the panels and the desktop. When you use these shortcut keys, a list of items that you can select is displayed. Release the keys to select an item.

Ctrl + Alt + Esc

Switches the focus between the panels and the desktop. Release the keys to select an item.

Ctrl + F10

Opens the popup menu for the selected panel.

Tab

Switches the focus between objects on a panel.

Return

Chooses the selected panel object or menu item.

Shift + F10

Opens the popup menu for the selected panel object.

Arrow keys

Moves the focus between items in a menu. Moves the focus between interface items in an applet also.

Esc

Closes an open menu.

F10

Opens the Applications menu from the Menu Bar, if the Menu Bar is in a panel.

 

4. Application Shortcut Keys

Shortcut Keys

Command

Ctrl + N

New

Ctrl + X

Cut

Ctrl + C

Copy

Ctrl + V

Paste

Ctrl + Z

Undo

Ctrl + S

Save

Ctrl + Q

Quit

 

References used:

GNOME Documentation Library - Keyboard Desktop Navigation

Wikipedia - Table of keyboard shortcuts

Novell - Cool Solutions - Gnome / KDE Keyboard Shortcuts


Tags: shortcuts GNOME
Created: 7 years ago.
Last edited: 2 years ago.
Read 6521 times.

Comments
3 years ago

johnniedoo
I am new to any Linux starting with Mint 17 in July ,2014 and I find this very usefull
Thanks
JD
 
5 years ago

Qruqs
Forgot the Ctrl-Shift-Alt Arrow to move windows between workspaces.  
5 years ago

sampath
Making things easier now.  
5 years ago

Thinker
Thanks (2)  
5 years ago

linuxrawkstar
I thought installing compizconfig-settings-manager that I'd be able to tweak the behaivor of alt+tab, as you would be able to do in ubuntu. This did not work, however.  
5 years ago

linuxrawkstar
I want alt+tab to cycle through all windows, regardless of what the current desktop is. Why can this feature be customized?  
5 years ago

joroxrd
Thank you!  
6 years ago

sunewbie
Thank you  
6 years ago

blueXrider
Good work @Alexio all the shortcuts in one handy place  
6 years ago

wanda
Excellent .  
6 years ago

zaenal1234
very nice and very important for beginners.
Thanks @Alexio .
 
6 years ago

sayan_acharjee
Useful!!  
7 years ago

Alexio
You are welcome!  
7 years ago

thx1138
Usefull overview. Thank you.  

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