All Unity Desktop Shortcuts (linux/en)  [edit]

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Unity is the default desktop interface in Ubuntu Linux, starting with version 11.04. The "Launcher" is the row of icons on the left edge of the screen. The "dash" is the overlay that appears when you click the Ubuntu logo in the upper left corner. Note that the "win" or Windows key is also called the "super" key.

minusplus1. Dash
Win Tap to open the dash with focus in the search box. Begin typing to find files or applications.
Arrow Keys Navigate search results
Enter Launch selected item.
Win+F Open the find files dash
Win+A Open the Applications dash
Tab (in Applications dash) focus application category list on the right of the search box. Select category fitler with arrow keys.
Alt+F2 Open the dash for entering commands.

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minusplus2. Launcher
Win Hold to place focus on the Launcher.
Win+1 ... 9 Launch the application in the 1...9th position from the top of the Launcher. Hold down win to see the numbers corresponding to each icon.
Shift+Win+1 ... 9 Launch a new instance of the application in the 1...9th position from the top of the Launcher.
Alt+F1 Open the launcher with keyboard focus. Use arrow up/down to select an application icon, enter to launch, and arrow right to open an applications "quick list" (if it has one).

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minusplus3. Arrange Windows
Ctrl+Alt+num 1...9 Place window in the area of the screen indicated by the num key (e.g. use num 2 to place the window in the bottom half of the screen)
Ctrl+Alt+num 0 Maximize current window

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minusplus4. Manage Windows and Workspaces
Win+S Expo mode. Expands all workspaces into a single view.
Win+D Minimize all windows to show the desktop. Restore all windows by hitting again.
Win+W Spread view of all windows on all workspaces.
Shift+Alt+Arrow Up Expo mode for windows in the current workspace only.
Ctrl+Alt+Arrow Keys Change to workspace left/right/up/down.
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Arrow Keys Move current window to workspace left/right/up/down.

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minusplus5. Other
F10 Open first application menu item (e.g. "File" menu). Use arrow keys to cycle among menus and menu entries. Use esc to close menu without selecting anything.
Ctrl+Alt+T Launch a terminal
Win+T Open trash
Ctrl+Alt+L Lock the screen
printscreen Take a screenshot of the current view.
Alt+printscreen Take a screenshot of the current window.

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