Open the Xfce applications menu with a key

I have seen in many places that users of Xfce they have asked how to open the application menu using a keyboard shortcut, and in many cases they have received no response.

En Gnome 2 we can do it by default with [Alt] + [F1] and in Xfce We can also do it, with the combination we want. It is very simple. For this we will Menu »Preferences» Keyboard »Applications Shortcut. We add a new shortcut and put as command:


Then we assign the key we want, in my case, I put the typical key with the Windows flag, best known in the world GNU / Linux Be Super L.

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  1.   Eduardo said

    Perfect advice to make things a little easier in Xfce.

  2.   Santiago said

    Excellent!! I needed it 🙂

  3.   left handed said

    This is the type of very good and simple advice, but that should be implemented by default in the distributions, let's say that if at the beginning it was only for windows, now with the unity launcher and gnome-shell one gets more and more used to using this key as the starting point for the most common activities on the pc,

  4.   proper said

    In Xfce 4.6.2 it is xfce4-popup-menu.


  5.   Diazepan said

    Many thanks!!!!!!

  6.   taregon said

    SUPER L: this is new for me, new things are learned in subjects that I did not imagine 🙂

  7.   nonamed said

    thanks, for when the mouse doesn't work xD

  8.   AurosZx said

    I've wanted to do that for a long time 😀 Thank you so much, then I give it a try.

  9.   Carlos said

    Great this tip.

    I have put as command "xfce4-appfinder", to launch applications quickly.

  10.   Fabian said


  11.   Claudio said

    Good! I would need some help with the tutor! If I put both xfce4-popup-applicationsmenu and xfce4-popup-menu, it does not enable the "accept" option, only "cancel" appears. It won't let me configure a shortcut. The version in Debian Squeeze is 4.6 and in Fedora (18) 4.10

  12.   elian said

    thank you it was helpful

  13.   julius22 said

    Very thanks Alexander! These tips were very useful. Regards!