For those shortcut key lovers out there, here is a long list of keyboard shortcuts for Ubuntu. Most of them should work in most Gnome-based distros. Enjoy the list.
General Keyboard Shortcuts Ctrl + A Select all Ctrl + C Copy the highlighted content to clipboard Ctrl + V Paste the clipboard content Ctrl + N New (Create a new document or new application, not in terminal) Ctrl + O Open file Ctrl + S Save file Ctrl + P Print file Ctrl + W Close file Ctrl + Q Quit current application F1 Show help/documentation about app/function (if available)
Keyboard Shortcuts for GNOME Desktop Ctrl + Alt + Delete Log out Ctrl + Alt + Backspace Restart GNOME Ctrl + Alt + F1 Switch to the first virtual terminal Ctrl + Alt + F2(F3)(F4)(F5)(F6) Select the different virtual terminals Ctrl + Alt + F7 Restore back to the current terminal session with X Ctrl + Alt + Tab Switch between system controls Ctrl + Alt + Escape Switch system controls directly Ctrl + Alt + T Launch terminal Ctrl + Super + D Hide all windows/Show desktop Alt + Tab Switch between open programs Alt + Space Open the window menu Alt + F1 Open the Activities overview Alt + F2 Open the “Run a Command” dialog box. Alt + F4 Close the current window Alt + F5 Unmaximizes the current window Alt + F6 Switch windows of an app directly Alt + F7 Move the current window Alt + F8 Resize the current window Alt + F10 Toggle maximization for the current window Super + A Show all applications Super + H Hide window Super + L Lock the screen Super + N Focus the active notification Super + S Show the overview Super + V Show the notification list Super + F10 Open the application menu Super + Tab Switch applications Super + ` Switch windows of an application Super + Escape Restore the keyboard shortcuts Super + Up Maximize window Super + Down Restore window Super + Left View split on left Super + Right View split on right Super + PageUp/ PageDown Move to the workspace above/below Super + Home/ End Move to the first/last workspace Super + Space Switch to the next input source Super + Shift + Space Switch to the previous input source Super + Shift + Up/ Down/ Left/ Right Move window one monitor up/down/left/right Super + Shift + PageUp/ PageDown Move window one workspace up/down Super + Shift + Home/ End Move window to first/last workspace Super + Alt + S Turn screen reader on or off Super + Alt + 8 Turn zoom on or off Super + Alt + = Zoom in Super + Alt + - Zoom out
Keyboard Shortcuts for Terminal Arrow Up/ Down Browse command history F11 Full screen Alt + F/ Right Move forward one word Alt + B/ Left Move backward one word Alt + (any number from 1 to 0) Switch to respective tab (out of the first ten) Shift + PageUp / PageDown Scroll terminal output Ctrl + A Move cursor to beginning of line Ctrl + E Move cursor to end of line Ctrl + C Kill the current process Ctrl + Z Suspend the current process by sending the signal SIGSTOP Ctrl + R Find the last command matching the entered letters Enter a letter, followed by Tab + Tab List the available commands beginning with those letters Ctrl + U Delete the current line Ctrl + K Delete everything to the right of the cursor’s position Ctrl + W Delete the word before the cursor Ctrl + L Clears the terminal output Ctrl + PageUp Switch to previous tab Ctrl + PageDown Switch to next tab Ctrl + + Zoom In Ctrl + - Zoom out Ctrl + 0 Normal size (Reset zoom) Ctrl + Shift + PageUp Move tab to the left Ctrl + Shift + PageDown Move tab to the right Ctrl + Shift + C Copy the highlighted command to the clipboard Ctrl + Shift + V (or Shift + Insert) Paste the contents of the clipboard Ctrl + Shift + F Find Ctrl + Shift + G Find next Ctrl + Shift + H Find previous Ctrl + Shift + J Clear highlight Ctrl + Shift + T New hab Ctrl + Shift + N New window Ctrl + Shift + W Close tab Ctrl + Shift + Q Close window
Keyboard Shortcuts for Taking Screenshots Print Save a screenshot to Pictures folder Alt + Print Save a screenshot of a window to Pictures folder Shift + Print Save a screenshot of an area to Pictures folder Ctrl + Alt + Print Copy a screenshot of a window to clipboard Ctrl + Shift + Print Copy a screenshot of an area to clipboard Ctrl + Print Copy a screenshot to clipboard Ctrl + Shift + Alt + R Start screencast recording
Keyboard Shortcut for Files/Nautilus Delete Move selected files/folders to Trash Shift + Delete Delete selected files/folders permanently Ctrl + ?/ F1 Open the Keyboard Shortcut window Ctrl + T Open a new tab Ctrl + PageUp Go to previous tab Ctrl + PageDown Go to next tab Ctrl + Shift + PageUp Move tab left Ctrl + Shift + PageDown Move tab right Ctrl + Shift + T Restore closed tab Alt + 0 … . 8 Go to the specified tab Ctrl + Shift + N Create new folder Ctrl + Shift + I Invert selection Ctrl + ENTER Open the selected folder in a new tab Shift + ENTER Open the selected folder in a new window Ctrl + I or Alt + ENTER Show file/folder properties Ctrl + 1 Toggle view as list Ctrl + 2 Toggle view as grid Ctrl + S Select pattern Ctrl + A Select all files and folders Ctrl + F Search Ctrl + D Bookmark current location Ctrl + Z Undo Ctrl + Shift + Z Redo Ctrl + W Close window Ctrl + O or Enter Open selected file/folder (with default application) Ctrl + Shift + Down Open file and close window Ctrl + R Reload window Alt + Up Go up Alt + Left Go back Alt + Right Go forward Alt + Down Go down Alt + Home Go to Home folder Ctrl + L Show/go to location bar Ctrl + Alt + O Open item location (search and recent only) / Show/go to location bar with root location ~ Show/go to location bar with Home location Ctrl + H Show/hide hidden files Ctrl + + Zoom in Ctrl + - Zoom out Ctrl + 0 Reset zoom Alt + Down Open selected file with default application F2 Rename selected file/folder F5 or Ctrl + R Refresh view F9 Show/hide sidepane F10 Show/hide action menu
If you want to configure your own keyboard shortcuts, you can do so at “Settings -> Devices -> Keyboard.”
Which ones are your favorite keyboard shortcuts? Are there more shortcuts that I left out? Let me know in the comments, and I will add them to the lists.
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