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Ubuntu Keyboard Shortcuts

Super key

The Super key is the OS key on your keyboard.

  • On recent System76 products, it's between the Fn and the Alt keys. The key is labelled with a rectangle and two vertical lines, one on either side of the rectangle.

    Super Key

  • On older System76 products, the Super key is between the Fn and the Alt keys and is represented by the Ubuntu logo ().

  • On the Launch keyboard it is the SUPER key.

  • On generic third-party products, it may be labeled with a Windows logo.

  • On Mac accessories, it may be labeled command.

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.
SUPER + / tile windows to the left and right of your display.
SUPER + 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
SUPER + TabSwitch windowsSwitch windows backwards
SUPER + `Switch windows of current appSwitch windows of current app backwards
SUPER + WClose window
SUPER + HHide window (minimize)
Ctrl + Alt + /Switch workspace up/downSwitch workspace up/down with window
SUPER + /Tile window to the left/right
SUPERToggle maximize
SUPER + Restore window (un-maximize/un-tile)
SUPER + Shift + ///Move window to display to the left, right, top, or bottom
SUPER + Right-dragResize window

Operating System

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


Accessibility shortcuts use Alt + as their base.

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