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Keyboard shortcuts for the Ubuntu Unity Desktop.


Hold [SUPER]
Invoke the Launcher
Hold [SUPER] + 1,2,3,...,0
Open applic­ation, number relates to position in Launcher
Hold [SUPER] + [SHIFT] + 1,2,3,...,0
Open new instance of applic­ation, number relates to position in Launcher
Open Trash folder
[ALT] + [F1]
Focus on Launcher
[CTRL] + [ALT]+T
Open terminal
Open Applic­ation place
Open Files & Folders place

Launcher - Mouse tricks

Clicking and holding an icon and then dragging it around will allow you to reorder it on the launcher. You can also drag it off to the right of the launcher to move it around. Note that you need to make an explicit movement to the right to move the icon off the launcher before you can move it around.

Dragging and Dropping an icon into the trash can will remove it from the launcher. The program itself will remain installed and accessible through the dash.

Scrolling the mouse wheel while over the Launcher scrolls the icons if you have too many and need to move around quickly.


Open Dash
[ALT] + [F2]
Open Dash as Run Command
Use arrows in Dash to navigate and Enter key to launch


Open first menu on the panel
Close menu
There is no shortcut for the session menu, so hitting F10 and left arrow is a quick way to get there

Window Management

Zooom out on all windows on all workspaces
Show Desktop, minimise all windows

Window Management - Mouse tricks

Maximizing - Dragging a window to the top panel will maximize it.

Restore - There are two ways to restore, or unmaximize the topmost maximized window of the current monitor for this workspace (not using the window controls)

-> Double clicking on the top panel (but not in the applic­ation's menu)
-> Dragging the top panel down.

Maximize Window Vertically - Middle click on Maximize

Maximize Window Horizo­ntally - Right click on Maximize

Focus the topmost maximized window of the current monitor for this workspace - Left click on the top panel (but not in the
applic­ation's menu)

Cycle between maximized windows of the current monitor for this workspace - Middle click on the top panel (but not in the applic­ation's menu)

Tiling - Dragging a Window to the left/right border will auto tile it to that side of the screen.

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.

Window Placement

[CTRL] + [ALT] + [Numpad 7]
Place window in top left corner
[CTRL] + [ALT] + [Numpad 8]
Place window on top half of screen
[CTRL] + [ALT] + [Numpad 9]
Place window in top right corner
[CTRL] + [ALT] + [Numpad 4]
Place window on left half of screen
[CTRL] + [ALT] + [Numpad 5]
Center window
[CTRL] + [ALT] + [Numpad 6]
Place window on right half of screen
[CTRL] + [ALT] + [Numpad 1]
Place window in bottom left corner
[CTRL] + [ALT] + [Numpad 2]
Place window on bottom half of screen
[CTRL] + [ALT] + [Numpad 3]
Place window in bottom right corner
[CTRL] + [ALT] + [Numpad 0]
Maximise window
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

Workspace Management

Expo mode
[SHIFT] + [ALT] + [UP]
Expo mode, current workspace
[CTRL] + [ALT] + [LEFT], [RIGHT], [UP], [DOWN]
Change to workspace left, right, up or down
[CTRL] + [ALT] + [SHIFT] + [LEFT], [RIGHT], [UP], [DOWN]
Place window to workspace left, rihgt, up or down
[CTRL] + [ALT] + L
Lock screen


Screenshot of current workspace
Screenshot of current window

Taken from AskUbuntu


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