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This is the list of Unity Keyboard shortcuts and if you have more you can add in to the askubuntu thread .We also want to thank all the users who contributed to this.

List of Ubuntu Unity Keyboard shortcuts

Launcher

  • Super -- Invoke the Launcher.
  • Super-1 or 2 or 3 and so on until 0 -- Open or focus an application.
  • Super-T -- Open the rubbish bin.
  • Alt-F1 -- Put keyboard focus on the Launcher.
  • Alt-F2 -- Invoke the Dash in a "special mode" to run a command.
  • Ctrl-Alt-T -- Launch a terminal window.

Dash

  • Super (tap) -- A tap opens the Dash
  • Super-A -- Open Applications place
  • Super-F -- Open Files & Folders place

Panel

  • F10 -- Open the first menu on the panel

Window Management

  • Super-? -- Spread mode, zoom out on all windows in all workspaces.
  • Super-? -- Spread mode, zoom out on all windows in current workspace.
  • Super-D -- Minimize all windows; hitting it again restores them.

Window Placement

If you cycle through the same key Unity will cycle through different placement widths, so experiment by hitting the numkey multiple times, for example Ctrl-Alt-numpad 5 5 5:

  • Ctrl-Alt-Numpad 7 -- Place window in top left corner of screen.
  • Ctrl-Alt-Numpad 8 -- Place window in top half of screen.
  • Ctrl-Alt-Numpad 9 -- Place window in top right corner of screen.
  • Ctrl-Alt-Numpad 4 -- Place window on the left side of the screen.
  • Ctrl-Alt-Numpad 5 -- Center/Maximize the window in the middle of the screen.
  • Ctrl-Alt-Numpad 6 -- Place window on the right side of the screen.
  • Ctrl-Alt-Numpad 1 -- Place window in the bottom left corner of the screen.
  • Ctrl-Alt-Numpad 2 -- Place window in the bottom half of the screen.
  • Ctrl-Alt-Numpad 3 -- Place window in the bottom right corner of the screen.
  • Ctrl-Alt-Numpad 0 -- Maximize window.

Workspace Management

  • Super-W or Super-E -- Expo mode, zooms out on all the workspaces and let's you manage windows.
  • Ctrl-Alt-? / ? / ? / ? -- Change to a new workspace.
  • Ctrl-Alt-Shift-? / ? / ? / ? -- Place window to a new workspace.

Mouse Tricks

  • Maximizing -- Dragging a window to the top panel will maximize it.
  • Middle click on Maximize -- Maximize Window Vertically.
  • Left click on Maximize -- Maximize Window Horizontally
  • Tiling -- Dragging a Window to the left/right border will auto tile it to that side of the screen.
  • Restoring -- Dragging the top panel down on a maximized window will restore it to its original size.
  • Middle click on an application's launcher icon -- Open a new instance of the application in a new window. If the application isn't running it will just open it normally.
  • Middle click on the top panel (but not the menu) -- send the current window behind all other windows.
  • Middle click on Maximize -- Maximize Window Vertically.
  • Right click on Maximize -- Maximize Window Horizontally.

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15 Comments to “List of Ubuntu Unity Keyboard shortcuts”

  1. Dox says:

    If Super key invokes the launcher… how are we supposed to use the Super+ shortcuts?

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  2. Orbijx says:

    Dox,

    I would surmise that it’s the same way that I do it in Windows 7, since a lot of these bindings are insanely familiar to me:
    Hold Super, press button.
    Super+D has shown the desktop for a decade or more for Windows.
    Super+[0-9] will launch or focus an app in Windows 7.

    Though I’m not using Unity, I do hope my experiences help you out.

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  3. Nick Henry says:

    Anyone know how to “Open In Terminal” an application. I used to hit ‘Alt-F2′, type in ‘byobu-launcher’, tab & check the “Open In Terminal” checkbox, and hit enter and things worked…

    I do like that “Window Placement” is included by default, I now longer have to setup compiz’s “Grid” feature.

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  4. tbone says:

    Dox,

    the launcher is opened on RELEASE of the super button.. so you can make all the combos you want

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  5. Jason Mitchell says:

    Technical Typo
    For maximizing horizontally, you meant to say right click. Left click is the normal one.

    Also. Thanks for making me feel good about Unity. I thought it was pretty dumb. I’m glad there is a UI that requires a manual but works awesome once they’ve read the instructions.

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  6. cptr13 says:

    “Ctrl-Alt-? / ? / ? / ? – Change to a new workspace.

    it’s ctl-alt and an arrow key. changes to the workspace that directionally coincides with that particular key (Down key goes to the workspace below the current one).

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  7. Jacob Anawalt says:

    Ubuntu 11.4:
    Exposé-like actions:
    > Super-? – Spread mode, zoom out on all windows in all workspaces.
    Super+W

    > Super-? – Spread mode, zoom out on all windows in current workspace.
    Ctrl+Alt+Up

    Click launcher icon of running and focused application to zoom out on all windows of that application. (Anyone have a shortcut for this?)

    Spaces-like actions:

    > Super-W or Super-E – Expo mode, zooms out on all the workspaces and let’s you manage windows.
    Super+S or click workspace launcher icon.
    (Super+W is documented elsewhere, Super+E does nothing on my system. Anyone know how to do exposé-like mode while in the workspace/space view?)

    > Ctrl-Alt-Shift-? / ? / ? / ? – Place window to a new workspace.
    Like Ctrl+Alt, the ? are the four directional arrows. Moves the focused window.

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  8. William says:

    Shift+Alt+UpArrow works for me to do an Expo mode on only the windows in my current workspace. See also this bug report — https://bugs.launchpad.net/unity-2d/+bug/778125

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  9. El Baby says:

    How do I do Super-? if ‘?’ is shifted (that is, I have to press shift to get a ‘?’ on a Latinamerican keyboard).

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  10. swagat says:

    left-click on maximize is maximize
    right-click on maximize is horizontal maximize

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  11. Michael Nielsen says:

    How can I get a GOTO desktop function for a short cut… I use a minimum of 12 work spaces, and scrolling around with arrow keys is insanely inefficient.

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  12. Nick Henry says:

    Michael,

    Try: Super-D (Windows key and ‘D’ at the same time)

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  13. Leslie says:

    In 12.04 press the Super key for 2 seconds and a menu with all the shortcuts will popup.

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  14. jack says:

    you guys do realise that by holding the power button down a list of shortcuts comes up?

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  15. jack says:

    *super

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