Keyboard shortcuts for Gnome-Shell

gnome-shell It is fashionable, and even if it were not, its use in most distributions will be in a very short term.

Like any good desk, gnome-shell It also has its keyboard shortcuts and even some very surprising ones that will allow us to move between the Desktop and Overview (General Information, so to speak. It's the view you get when you click Activities). So let's take the opportunity to know some.

  • Windows key: Switch between applications or desktops. Organize the open windows so that you can see them all in Overview and select the one you want.
  • Alt + F1: Switch between Overview and Desktop.
  • Alt + F2: The running of a lifetime.
  • Alt + Tab: Switch between applications using the pop-up window.
  • Alt + Shift + Tab: The same as the previous one, but with the applications in reverse.
  • Alt + [Down Key + Tab]: When we execute this combination, the same is shown but we can see which windows each application has open.
  • Ctrl + Alt + Tab: Open accessibility switch.
  • Ctrl + Shift + Alt + R: Just great. With this combination of keys we can make a Screencast of our Desktop. We start and end it with the same combination.
  • Ctrl + Alt + Up / Down Arrows: Switch between desktops (similar to Compiz).
  • Ctrl + Alt + Shift + Up / Down Arrow: We move the current window to a different desktop.

Especially the option to do the Screencast It's amazing .. You can see these shortcuts and their explanation in this link.


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  1.   Archer said

    »Windows key»? WTF !?

    1.    elav <° Linux said

      Exactly, the same as the Windows flag on most keyboards in the world. In Linux this key is also known as Super or Super L.

      1.    Archer said

        Yes, I know, but it sounds like that key belongs to Güindou $ (-.-). They should get a keyboard with Tux or an OS-tan (¬¬), they would sell more copies.

      2.    Edward2 said

        It's called SUPER key, not windows.

        1.    elav <° Linux said

          Do not start. Who knows that key apart from us as Super? Although you can find technical articles in this blog, do not forget that most of them are aimed at new users or those who come from Windows. So thank you very much for the fix, but you stick with the Windows key.

  2.   Thirteen said

    The truth is that I really liked Gnome-shell the time I was testing Fedora 15. Now I am back with Mint and I will surely try Ubuntu Ocelote in a short time, but I do not hesitate to return with Fedora 16 that is about to arrive.

    By the way, I've never seen a computer with Linux pre-installed up close, does anyone know what the “super” key logo looks like on those keyboards?

    1.    elav <° Linux said

      In fact, I think Canonical sells a keyboard with the Super key using the Ubuntu logo, but no one else has ever thought of replacing it.

  3.   cergio monastery said

    windows is window in english that is the windows key the logo impreo in that key in the percent of the keyboard is the logo of maicrosof entoses how I want it to call a key, it is as if I wanted to find another name for the key; and desir that is called ñ because on an English keyboard that key writes the letter ñ