List of Ubuntu Unity Desktop Shortcuts – Unity Hotkeys

1. Dash

WinTap to open the dash with focus in the search box. Begin typing to find files or applications.
Arrow KeysNavigate search results
EnterLaunch selected item.
Win+FOpen the find files dash
Win+AOpen 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+F2Open the dash for entering commands.

2. Launcher

WinHold to place focus on the Launcher.
Win+1 … 9Launch 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 … 9Launch a new instance of the application in the 1…9th position from the top of the Launcher.
Alt+F1Open 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).

3. Arrange Windows

Ctrl+Alt+num 1…9Place 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 0Maximize current window

4. Manage Windows and Workspaces

Win+SExpo mode. Expands all workspaces into a single view.
Win+DMinimize all windows to show the desktop. Restore all windows by hitting again.
Win+WSpread view of all windows on all workspaces.
Shift+Alt+Arrow UpExpo mode for windows in the current workspace only.
Ctrl+Alt+Arrow KeysChange to workspace left/right/up/down.
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Arrow KeysMove current window to workspace left/right/up/down.

5. Other

F10Open 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+TLaunch a terminal
Win+TOpen trash
Ctrl+Alt+LLock the screen
printscreenTake a screenshot of the current view.
Alt+printscreenTake a screenshot of the current window.

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