Steve February 23, 2021

Ubuntu Keyboard Shortcuts Featured

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.


Odysseas Kourafalos
Odysseas Kourafalos

OK’s real life started at around 10, when he got his first computer – a Commodore 128. Since then, he’s been melting keycaps by typing 24/7, trying to spread The Word Of Tech to anyone interested enough to listen. Or, rather, read.

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