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Ubuntu Keyboard Shortcuts

Full list of Ubuntu Keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts are combinations of two or more keys that you can use to perform a task that would typically require a mouse or other pointing device. Getting familiar with keyboard shortcuts not only help you get the work done faster, but also more efficient.

Previously I have covered Microsoft Windows, Windows 8.1 and RT, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge Keyboard Shortcuts. This article covers Ubuntu Keyboard Shortcuts. So let’s get started.

Desktop shortcuts

Shortcut Command


Open the Applications menu


Run an application by typing its name in the box which appears

 Prt Sc

(Print Screen) Take a screenshot of the whole screen

 Alt+Prt Sc

Take a screenshot of the current window

 Shift+Prt Sc

Take a screenshot of a selected rectangle on the screen

Window shortcuts

Shortcut Command


Switch between currently-open windows. Press Alt+Tab and then release Tab (but continue to hold Alt). Press Tab repeatedly to cycle through the list of available windows which appears on the screen. Release the Alt key to switch to the selected window.


Switch between currently-open windows in all Workspaces. Press Tab repeatedly to cycle through the list of available windows which appears on the screen. Release the Ctrl and Alt keys to switch to the selected window.

 Ctrl+Alt+Left/Right Cursor

Lets you quickly switch between your Workspaces.

These might not work on every machine, but are reasonably common:

Shortcut Command


Moves the current window (can be moved with mouse or keyboard).


Resizes current window (again, can be moved with mouse or keyboard).


Minimises current window.


Maximises current window.


Brings up window menu with with ‘Always on Top’ and ‘Minimise’ and ‘Maximise’ and above commands.

These might change depending on the application you’re using, but work for most common applications:

Shortcut Command


Returns window to ‘normal’ or previous size.


Closes window.

Desktop Effects enabled shortcuts

Note: All of the shortcuts listed in this section require Desktop Effects to be enabled.

Shortcut Command

 Ctrl+Alt+Left/Right Cursor

Spins the ‘cube’ that your workspaces reside on, allowing you to select the workspace you wish to use.

 Ctrl+Alt+Up Cursor

Enables an ‘expose’ like feature that presents you with all the windows you currently have open, allowing you to select the one you wish to give focus to.

 Ctrl+Alt+Down Cursor

Unfolds your workspace cube allowing you to see more than one of your workspaces at once, using the left and right cursor keys with this active will allow you to select the workspace you wish to use.


Switch between currently-open windows across all workspaces.


Enables the ‘scale’ effect, it shows all windows from the current workspace.


Enables the ‘scale’ effect, it shows all windows from all workspaces.


Invert colours of the focused window.


Invert colours for the whole screen.

Super+Mouse Scroll Wheel

Zooms in on the screen.

Super+Middle Mouse Button

Select a region to zoom into, using a rectangle.


Toggles ‘Show Desktop’.

 Alt+Middle Mouse Button

Resize focused window.

 Alt+Left Mouse Button

Move focused window.

 Alt+Right Mouse Button

Show window menu.


Zoom out, show workspace switcher

Common application shortcuts

Shortcut Command


Copy the selected text/object


Cut the selected text/object


Paste/insert the selected text/object


Select all text


Make the selected text bold


Make the selected text italic


Underline the selected text


Open a new document or window


Save the current document


Open another document


Print the current document


Undo the last change you made


Redo a change that you just undid

System shortcuts

Shortcut Command


Restart the computer immediately, without saving open files

 Ctrl+Alt+Plus (numeric keypad)

Rotate through supported screen resolutions

 Ctrl+Alt+Minus (numeric keypad)

Rotate backwards through supported screen resolutions

Application-specific shortcuts

  • Firefox Web Browser
Shortcut Command


Open a new tab


Rotate through each tab


Rotate backwards through each tab


Close the current tab (or browser if on last tab)


Enter a new web address


Show a list of your bookmarks


Show your browsing history


Enter a new web search in the search bar


Show a list of downloaded files


Display the current page full-screen


Stop loading the current page


Reload the current page

  • LibreOffice Writer
Shortcut Command


Check the spelling of the current document


Find and replace words


Undo the last change


Redo a change which you just undid


Align the current paragraph/selection to the left


Align the current paragraph/selection to the center of the document


Align the current paragraph/selection to the right


Show the current document full-screen

Laptop Function Shortcuts

Many laptops have function (Fn) keys which you can hold down to access more functions on the laptop’s keyboard. A list of these functions should be available from the laptop manufacturer.

Please leave your comments below with your favourite shortcuts or share the one you use and not listed above so I can check them out and possibly add them to this article.


Experienced IT Consultant working and living in the UK. In early years he was born and raised up in Greece and been to the UK since studies. He is passionate with technology, gadgets and computers, he really likes the internet and IT in general.

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