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Gnome Desktop Keyboard Shortcut Keys

Q. How do I navigate the desktop from the keyboard only? I have have difficulty using a mouse or other pointing device. I am using Debian Linux.

A. Following is the list of essential keyboard shortcut keys for Linux Gnome Desktop system:

=> Alt + F1 : Open the Main Menu

=> Alt + F2 : Open the Run Program dialog.

=> F1 : Display online help.

=> Print Screen OR Alt + Print Screen : Start the screenshot application and take a screenshot of the window or entire desktop

=> Ctrl + F1 : If the focused desktop element is a panel or application window, this keyboard shortcut switches the display of tooltips for the window or panel objects on and off.

=> Shift + F10 : Open a popup menu for the desktop element that has focus, if a popup menu exists.

=> arrow keys : Navigate within a desktop element or control.

=> Alt + F4 : Close the window.

=> Alt + F10 : Maximize the window.

=> Alt + F5 : Restore a maximized window to the original size of the window.

=> You can read rest of the all keyboard shortcuts in Using the Keyboard to Navigate the Desktop chapter online.

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{ 9 comments… add one }
  • dinesh April 19, 2008, 2:20 pm

    i want 2 shortcut to shutdown my pc like Ctrl+Alt+Backspace for restart. plz. i am not getting shutdown icon when i am clicking on quit. plz help me

  • Dayanand February 10, 2009, 10:36 am

    Very Useful Information Given By You. I Like That.

  • Sanjay- Rajapur,Allahabad. May 12, 2009, 12:04 pm

    plz tell me how to open linux terminal with the help of keyboard ?

    • anonymous September 26, 2011, 12:56 pm


      • JOHN PETER November 6, 2014, 5:54 am

        It’s not working to vnc

    • sachin August 16, 2014, 3:32 am

      you press alt+ctrl+t.

  • Veera September 1, 2009, 4:14 pm

    Plz tell me shortcut key for go to desktop like show desktop key in windows. Can i switch user in Genome environment.

    • anonymous September 27, 2011, 7:20 am

      Super Key + D (if it doesn’t work Alt+Ctrl+D)

    • sachin August 16, 2014, 3:35 am

      minimize all window (show desktop)-> alt+ctrl+d
      thanks sachin

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