Howdy! I thought that it would be useful to post a practical selection of shortcut keys for GNOME (the Desktop Environment) and Nautilus (the File Manager) and some information about customizing shortcut keys in Ubuntu. I wrote it especially for Ubuntu beginners, but I hope it will prove useful for all.
1.GNOME/Nautilus shortcut keys:
: show hidden files
: new window
: create new folder
: jump to home folder
: file / folder properties
: toggle side-pane
: launch applications menu
: launch "run application" dialogue
- Right/Left arrow : move to the next virtual desktop
- Right/Left arrow : take current window to the next virtual desktop
: minimize all windows, and gives focus to the desktop.
: switch between windows. When you use these shortcut keys, a list of windows that you can select is displayed. Release the keys to select a window.
: switch the focus between the panels and the desktop. When you use these shortcut keys, a list of items that you can select is displayed. Release the keys to select an item.
: lock the screen (tested only in Ubuntu)
: shortcut for opening locations-by default the path is the home folder*
: same as Ctrl-L but has the root (/) as default path* (shortcut found on here
* both shortcuts can be used while you are on the desktop (no window active)
Ctrl-T : move to trash (in Nautilus)
Quite dangerous key combination because many of us are used to press these keys in order to open a new tab. Because we all delete items using the Delete key, I recommend to deactivate this shortcut key. To do that, go to System » Preferences » Appearance » Interface. Select Editable menu shortcut keys and close the dialog box. Click on the Edit menu in the File Browser. Click the Empty Trash item (it has Ctrl-T as the keyboard shortcut) Press the Delete key to get rid of the shortcut.
You can find all GNOME shortcut keys here
2.How to create a custom hotkey to launch whatever application you want in GNOME:
As an example, we will set a lock-screen shortcut.
Open "gconf-editor" as the user as you're logged in in GNOME (typing gconf-editor in the terminal or "Run Application").
Go to apps > metacity > keybinding_commands
Here we have a list of twelve slots for commands. Double click on e.g. "run_command_1"
In Key Value Type in the name of the application or command you want to launch (e.g. gnome-screensaver-command --lock).
Go to apps > metacity > global_keybindings
Double click on e.g. "run_command_1"
Change the key value to whatever key combination you like (e.g. <Ctrl><Alt>L).Press "Ok".
3.How to create/change GNOME shortcuts:
Click on System > Preferences > Keyboard Shortcuts
Click the action in the list and press Enter.
Press the new key or key combination you want to assign to the action. (To clear a shortcut, press the Backspace key)
Hope it helps.
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