Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Natty Ubuntu Unity Keyboard Shortcuts


Here are some keyboard shortcuts if you want to be a power user of Ubuntu Unity in Natty Narwhal.

Launcher

Super (hold) Invokes the Launcher
Super + 1,2....0 Opens or focuses an application whose position in the launcher corresponds to the pressed number
Super + Shift + 1,2....0 Opens a new instance of that application if it is already open
Super + T Opens the trash can
Alt + F1 Puts the focus on the Launcher,
Use arrow keys to navigate,
Enter launches an application,
Right arrow exposes the quicklist if available
Ctrl + Alt + T Launch a terminal window
Super + A Opens the Application lens
Super + F Opens the Files & Folders lens

Dash

Super (tap) Opens the Dash
Alt + F2 Invokes the Dash in the Run command mode,
typing a folder name will find that folder in Nautilus
Note: the Dash will open with focus on the search box to find appliations and files. Navigate the results using the arrow keys, use Enter to launch

Panel

F10 Opens the first menu on the Panel, use the arrow keys to scrub across the menus. (There is no shortcut for the sessions menu, so hitting F10 and left arrow is a quick way to get there)
Esc Closes the menus without choosing aything

Window Management

Super + W Spread mode, zooms out on all windows in all workspaces
Super + D Minimize all windows, hitting it again restores them

Window Placement

Ctrl + Alt + Num 0 Maximizes window
Ctrl + Alt + Num 1 Places window in the bottom left corner of the screen
Ctrl + Alt + Num 2 Places window in the bottom half of the screen
Ctrl + Alt + Num 3 Places window in the bottom right corner of the screen
Ctrl + Alt + Num 4 Places window on the left side of the screen
Ctrl + Alt + Num 5 Centers/Maximizes the window in the midle of the screen
Ctrl + Alt + Num 6 Places window on the right side of the screen
Ctrl + Alt + Num 7 Places window in the top left corner of the screen
Ctrl + Alt + Num 8 Places window in the top half of the screen
Ctrl + Alt + Num 9 Places window in the top right corner of the screen
Note: if you cycle through the same key Unity will cycle through different placement widths, so experiment by hitting the numkey multiple times, for example Ctrl+Alt+Num 5 5 5

Workspace Management

Super + S Expo mode (for everything), zooms out on all the workspaces and lets you manage windows
Shift + Alt + Up Expo mode for all windows in the current workspace
Ctrl + Alt + Left/Right/Up/Down Changes to a new workspace
Ctrl + Alt +Shift +Left/Right/Up/Down Places window to a new workspace
Ctrl + Alt + L Lock the screen

Screenshots

Print Take a screenshot of the current workspace
Alt + Print Take a screenshot of the current window

Extracted from wallpaper.

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