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Ubuntu Keyboard Shortcuts

Super Key

The Super Key is the OS key on your keyboard and is the Ubuntu or Pop key (, ).

In Ubuntu, handles the majority of OS and window actions.

Primary Actions

Tapping on its own brings up the Activities overview, which is the core way of launching apps and managing your workflow.

Ctrl + Alt + / switch workspaces up and down.
+ / tile windows to the left and right of your display.
+ Tab quickly switches between your open windows.

All Shortcuts

Window & Workspace Management

Windows can be switched between, moved around, tiled, and closed all with the keyboard. Shift acts as a modifier that lets you do a variation on the action, too.

ShortcutActionShift Action
+ TabSwitch windowsSwitch windows backwards
+ `Switch windows of current appSwitch windows of current app backwards
+ WClose window
+ HHide window (minimize)
Ctrl + Alt + /Switch workspace up/downSwitch workspace up/down with window
+ /Tile window to the left/right
+ Toggle maximize
+ Restore window (unmaximize/untile)
+ Shift + ///Move window to display to the left, right, top, or bottom
+ Right-dragResize window

Operating System

ShortcutAction
Activities overview
+ AApplications
+ PPresentation mode (cycle display modes)
+ LLock screen
+ OOrientation lock (on devices w/accelerometer)
+ DShow desktop
+ VCalendar and notifications indicator
+ NFocus active notification
Ctrl + Alt + TTerminal
Alt + SpaceApplication menu
+ SpaceSwitch input source
Alt + F2Run command
Ctrl + Alt + DelLog out

Accessibility

Accessibility shortcuts use Alt + as their base.

ShortcutAction
Alt + + SToggle screen reader
Alt + + 8Toggle magnifier
Alt + + +/-Zoom in/out (when magnifier is active)