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Keyboard Shortcuts Preferences

Use the Keyboard Shortcuts preference tool to customize the default keyboard shortcuts to your requirements.

A keyboard shortcut is a key or combination of keys that provides an alternative to standard ways of performing an action. For more on keyboard shortcuts, and a list of the default shortcuts in GNOME, see the section called “Keyboard Skills”.

To edit a keyboard shortcut, perform the following steps:

  1. Click the action in the list. If you are using the the keyboard, use the arrow keys to select the shortcut and press Return.

  2. Press the new key or key combination you want to assign to the action.

    To clear a shortcut, press Escape. The action is now marked as Disabled.

To cancel assigning a shortcut, click elsewhere in the window or press Escape.

The shortcuts you can customize are grouped as follows:


These are general shortcuts for the whole desktop, such as logging out, locking the screen, opening the panel menubar, or launching a web browser.


Shortcuts for controlling your music player and the system volume.

Window Management

Shortcuts for working with windows and workspaces, such as such as maximizing or moving the current window, and switching to another workspace. For more information on these kinds of actions, see the section called “Manipulating Windows” and the section called “Workspaces”.

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