Open Ubuntu menu using Windows Key

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windows_keyWhen I was Windows user it was natural to use Windows Key to open main menu so when it became time to switch to Ubuntu (I also tried other Linux distros as primary OSes for my dektop) it felt little bit frustrating Windows Key is useless there. Below is the one-line command to bind your windows key to Gnome menu (Ubuntu main menu). Hope this would be appreciated by other users who ever though about this “problem”.

Open Gnome Terminal and copy/paste the following line there and then press enter:

gconftool-2 --set /apps/metacity/global_keybindings/panel_main_menu --type string "Super_L"

Now press Left Windows Key to open Ubuntu Applications Menu:

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Posted on September 20, 2010 at 12:25 pm

how about closing the menu on a second key press ???


Posted on September 27, 2010 at 1:00 pm

Usefull but nothing to do with Ubuntu. That works with all Gnome Destkop.

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Posted on November 24, 2010 at 5:26 pm

very very thanx a lot.


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Posted on January 21, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Thanks. It works!! But how would I disable this feature??


Posted on February 3, 2011 at 10:34 pm

i alwas use gnome do, to open a program.. thanks but this shorcut make my gnome do what is use super+space cant launch so i disable this feature using
gconftool-2 –set /apps/metacity/global_keybindings/panel_main_menu –type string "<Alt f1>"


Posted on March 24, 2011 at 11:06 pm

..then, take some abrasive paper and polish away that ugly logo ^^


Posted on April 7, 2011 at 8:05 am

Any decent distro has this by default


Posted on June 27, 2013 at 3:03 pm

it's always like this in the beggining, but once you start using it you'll get used to it

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Posted on August 14, 2013 at 9:47 am

I just installed my PC with the Ubuntu software and was in search of the protocol that will help me out to work with Ubuntu. here i got a very good article that will help me to understand the features of Ubuntu along with the list of things that the menu offers. thnak you for this great article here.

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