Friday, June 10, 2011

Global Shortcut Keys in Ubuntu Linux

Whether you're new to work on Ubuntu Linux Operating System? Still confused to get used to working with your new desktop? Don't worry, here is a global shortcut key to work faster on your Ubuntu desktop.

We had a bit to learn about Global Shortcut Keys on the previous post (Introduction to the Keyboard Shortcut Keys). Global shortcut keys enable you to use the keyboard to perform tasks related to your desktop, rather than tasks on the currently selected window or application. Now we will learn more about the shortcut on Ubuntu Linux.


Here is the Ubuntu Linux global shortcut keys and their usage:
  • Alt + F1: Open the Applications Menu.
  • Alt + F2: Display the Run Application dialog.
  • Print Screen: Take a screenshot of the entire desktop.
  • Alt + Print Screen: Take a screenshot of the currently focused window.
  • Ctrl + Alt + Arrow keys: Switch to the workspace to the specified direction of the current workspace.
  • Ctrl + Alt + D: Minimize all windows and give focus to the desktop.
  • Alt + Tab: Switch between windows. A list of windows that you can select is displayed. Release the keys to select a window. You can press the Shift key to cycle through the windows in reverse order.
  • Ctrl + Alt + Tab: Switch the focus between the panels and the desktop. A list of items that you can select is displayed. Release the keys to select an item. You can press the Shift key to cycle through the items in reverse order.
(source: Ubuntu Help Center)

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