82 Shortcuts for Linux Mint

Jump to: General, File Manager (Nemo), Manage Windows and Workspaces, Current Application Window, Session, Screenshots and Screen Recording, Troubleshooting, Accessibility

Linux Mint Cinnamon Edition uses the Cinnamon desktop environment and the Nemo file manager.


Open the Applications Menu


Show desktop


Open File Manager


Open the run dialog


Open a terminal

Shift+F10 OR right click

Open the context menu of the selected item


Undo / redo


Copy selected item




Cut selected item


New folder


Focus the location bar


Navigate to the home directory

Alt+Arrow Up

Navigate up one directory

Alt+Arrow Right/Arrow Left

Navigate one directory forward / back

Ctrl+ left click

Select multiple items

Shift+ left click

Select a range of items

Arrow Keys

Select an item in the indicated direction

Shift+Arrow Keys

Select a range of items in the indicated direction


Select items matching a pattern (opens a dialog where you type in a pattern. All items matching that pattern are selected)


Select the first or last item in the window


Select all items


Invert selection

Ctrl+O OR Alt+Arrow Down OR Enter

Open selected item


Open selected item in new tab


Properties of selected item


Preview selected item


Rename selected item


Create shortcut to selected item


Delete selected item


Icon view


List view


Compact view


Show hidden files

Ctrl+=/- OR Ctrl + Mousewheel

Increase / decrease icon size

Ctrl+0 (zero)

Reset icon size


Toggle Extra Pane (split view that shows two folder side by side)


Toggle Terminal in top pane (require the Nemo Terminal plugin)


Toggle left pane


Edit bookmarks (Opens a dialog where you can sort, rename, and delete the shortcuts that appear in the left pane)


Add bookmark (a shortcut in the left pane)


Cycle focus between panes

F8, then Arrow Keys

Resize panes. Press F8 to cycle through the separators between panes (the selected one will be highlighted). Then use the arrow keys to resize the separator.


New tab

Alt+1 ... 9

Switch to tab 1 ... 9

Ctrl+Page Up/Page Down

Next / previous tab

Ctrl+Shift+Page Up/Page Down

Move tab left / right


Close tab




New window


Open file menu


Open the plugin manager


Close all windows


Cycle through open windows on current Workspace


Cycle through open windows of the same application on ANY Workspace

Ctrl+Alt+Arrow Down/Alt+Esc

Toggle Scale view (display all windows on current Workspace)

Ctrl+Alt+Arrow Up

Toggle Expo view (display all Workspaces)

Ctrl+Alt+Arrow Left/Arrow Right

Move to left / right workspace

Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Arrow Left/Arrow Right

Move current window to left /right workspace

Win+Shift+Arrow Keys

Move current window to different monitor (left/right/up/down)


Close window


Unmaximize window


Resize window


Move window


Toggle maximize / unaximize window

Win+Arrow Keys

Snap window to left/right/top/bottom half of screen. Use in combination to snap to corners, e.g. right then up. Key back toward the middle of the screen to unsnap (e.g., for a right-snapped window, push super+arrow left)

Ctrl+Win+Arrow Keys

Tile window to the left/right/top/bottom half of the screen. Other maximized windows will fill in the remaining space.


Open window menu


Lock screen


Log out


Open the Shut Down menu (Suspend / Restart / Shut Down)

By default, screenshots are saved to the Pictures folder in your Home directory

Print Screen

Take a screenshot

Ctrl+Print Screen

Copy a screenshot to the clipboard

Alt+Print Screen

Take a screenshot of the current window

Ctrl+Alt+Print Screen

Copy a screenshot of the current window to the clipboard


Toggle desktop recording (video will be saved to your Home folder)


Launch Linux Mint online help


Restart Cinnamon, preserving all applications and windows (version 2.6+)


Re-detect display devices


Toggle looking glass debugging tool


Restart the X server (WARNING: this will close all running applications!)

Alt+Win+=/- or Alt+Mousewheel

Zoom desktop in or out (Note: Zoom must be enabled in Universal Access settings)

Created by rsking84 on 7/14/2015. Last updated by admin on 12/12/2015


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Comment #11 by ThomasRoth Oct 7, 2021 at 05:38 am  Reply

What keyboard shortcut is used to hangs primary display when signing in to and external display

Comment #10 by EspiFreelancer Jul 30, 2021 at 09:26 pm  Reply

File Manager (Nemo) Selecting Items Ctrl+Arrow Up OR Ctrl+Arrow Down to move around the files. Then, Ctrl+Space to select or deselect the file on which the cursor is.

Comment #9 by Human Obstacle Dec 12, 2019 at 02:12 pm  Reply

For the love of god I just can't figure out what is and how to disable the super(win)+space keyboard shortcut on 19.2. Tina. The shortcut switches between little previews of open windows in the panel. If anyone could help me I would be very great full.

Reply #1 Max Apr 15, 2021 at 10:56 pm

See here in cause you or anyone else is looking for the answer https://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?t=291898

Comment #8 by shudan54 Feb 8, 2019 at 09:39 pm  Reply

Newbie here. Context: My OS is Linux Mint 17.3. I'm also a Linux newbie. I want to become a freelance transcriptionist. The industry standard media player (Express Scribe), which purports to override MS Word's function keys with its own definitions so you can control the player while typing in Word, doesn't work with LibreOffice Writer. I've found no comparable player that works and I came across your site. .. I entered the desired function key definitions/assignments for the Linux LibreOffice Media Player, then saved and submitted the file for approval. But I don't understand how my definitions will translate to the desired functionality. Do you - or someone else - write code to accomplish this? E.g., I want F3 to rewind the media file 5 seconds. How will this happen? .. Or do I need to figure out how to write my own macros within LibreOffice?

Comment #7 by ajeet4u1989 Aug 6, 2018 at 08:39 am  Reply

The shortcut keys make you more faster. By using these shortcut keys you will be able to do work faster without using mouse and touch pad. I am going to mention this post on my post https://windowsclassroom.com/shortcut-keys-microsoft-word/

Comment #6 by esdegan Jul 13, 2018 at 12:35 am  Reply

Hi Buddy, how to disable ALT+` I'm on Mint 19 Cinnamon I can't found it at System Setting > Keyboard > Shortcut Thank you very much.

Reply #1 esdegan Jul 13, 2018 at 04:31 am

I got it, hehehe. https://superuser.com/questions/1338522/disable-alt-keyboard-shortcut-in-linux

Comment #5 by mrodent Jul 6, 2017 at 02:33 pm  Reply

very useful... amazingly difficult to find such a comprehensive list ... could I just make a plea for you to make the "printer friendly" version a bit more printer friendly: perhaps just a simple table, able to be printed on one page, and using black font only (no greys)?

Reply #1 admin Jul 7, 2017 at 03:51 pm

thanks for letting m know, i am aware of that and your post lifts this higher in my very long to-do list. major point i need to fix.

Comment #4 by PJP Dec 23, 2016 at 09:52 am  Reply

Shift-del (at least 18.1) permanent delete. thx, very useful!

Comment #3 by nick fox Dec 11, 2015 at 09:19 am  Reply

Hi Im using mint 17.3 and the nemo preview is shift+space rather than just space thanks

Reply #1 admin Dec 12, 2015 at 05:06 pm

fixed; thanks.

Comment #2 by David M Oct 24, 2015 at 09:50 pm  Reply

To clarify since previous message removed special character, that was Alt CTRL Shift + R. I am looking to take screen multiple screen shots ( one for each time the hotkey is hit ).

Comment #1 by David M Oct 24, 2015 at 09:46 pm  Reply

Thanks for such a wonderful collection of Linux Mint Shortcuts, in particular the +R. which saves automatically to filename with date / time. Question: Is there an equivalent to take screen shot ? I would really like to hit a hotkey and have a timestamped filename same a screen shot without any window popping up. David M

Reply #1 Moem Apr 24, 2017 at 07:06 am

David, that is an interesting question because that is already how screenshots work for me, without any customizing, just by pressing the PtrSc button. A screenshot is taken and sent to my Pictures folder and the filename contains a time stamp.


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