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25 Useful Shortcuts for Ubuntu/Gnome

Ubuntu comes with a great amount of shortcut keys that you can use to make life easier and more productive. Shortcut keys can really speed up your tasks. Here is a list of nice shortcuts

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Window Management

Some of the below shortcuts may require Compiz to be enabled on your Ubuntu system to work.

Switch the workspace
Switch Workspaces in Ubuntu (win + E)

1. Win +E – Shows all workspaces in a nifty way and lets you switch between workspaces easily.

2. Alt + Ctrl + Left/Right Arrow – Move to Workspace on Left/Right

3. Alt+Ctrl + Shift + Left/Right Arrow – Move current window to another workspace

4. Alt + Shift + Up Arrow – This initiates a cool looking window switcher interface with which you can switch between windows using Arrow keys while holding Alt + Shift.

Ubuntu Window Shifter
Ubuntu Window Switcher (Alt + Shift+ Up Arrow)

5. Alt + F9/F10 – Minimize/ Maximize current window.

6. Alt + F5 – UnMaximizes Current Window.

7. Alt + F7 – This shortcut activates the move window option that lets you move current window using arrow keys.

8. Alt + F8 – Resize current window with arrow keys.

9. Ctrl + Alt + D – Show Desktop/ Restore open windows if show desktop used earlier

10. Alt + Shift + Tab – Switch Windows in Reverse Direction as done using Alt+Tab


11. Shift + Ctrl + N – Create New Folder, Very useful shortcut

12. Alt + Enter – Show properties of a selected file/folder without requiring to right click on it and select Properties.

13. Ctrl + 1/2 – Change folder view to icon/list.

14. Ctrl + W – Closes the current Nautilus Window

15. Ctrl + Shift + W – Closes all open Nautilus Windows

16. Ctrl + T – Open a new tab in Nautilus

17. Alt + Up/Down Arrow – Move to Parent Folder/ Selected folder

18. Alt + Left/Right Arrow – Move Back/forward in Nautilus

19. Alt + Home – Move directly to your Home Folder

20. F9 – Toggle display of Nautilus Side-pane

21. Ctrl + H – Toggle Display of hidden files and folders


22. Ctrl + Alt + L – Quick shortcut to Lock Screen if you nipping to the loo

23. Alt + F1 – Open Applications Menu

24. Alt + F2 – Open the Run Application dialog Box

25. Win + Mousewheel – Zoom in / Zoom out Desktop.

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