GNOME 3 Cheat Sheet

by Manoj 2012-06-16 10:11:36

Here are some useful shortcuts to give you a complete Gnome experience
Window Shortcuts

Alt+Tab – Switches between currently open windows
Alt+F4 – Closes window
Alt+F10 - Maximises current window
Alt+F9 – Minimises current window
Alt+F8 – Resizes current window (again,can be moved with mouse or keyboard)
Alt+F7 – Moves the current window
Alt+Space – Brings up window menu with various options as minimize, maximize etc.
Alt+F5 – Returns window to ‘normal’ or previous size

Common Application Shortcuts

NOTE: These shortcuts do not apply in all applications

Ctrl + C – Copy the selected text/object
Ctrl + X - Cut the selected text/object
Ctrl + V – Paste/insert the selected text/object
Ctrl + Q – Quit the current application
Ctrl + Shift + Z - Redo a change that you just undid
Ctrl + Z - Undo the last change you made
Ctrl + A – Select all text
Ctrl + B – Make the selected text bold
Ctrl + I – Make the selected text italic
Ctrl + P - Print the current document
Ctrl + O - Open another document
Ctrl + S - Save the current document
Ctrl + U - Underline the selected text
Ctrl + N - Open a new document or window

Gnome Shell Shortcuts

System Key (Windows Key) - Allows you to switch between the overview and the desktop
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Up/Down arrow - Move the current window to a different workspace
Alt+F1 - (same as the above) Switches between overview and desktop
Ctrl+Alt+Up/Down arrow - Allows you to switch between the workspace
Alt+F2 – Opens the Command Dialog
Alt+Tab - Switches between the applications
Alt+Shift+Tab - Switches between the applications in reverse direction
Esc - Closes the command dialog, menus/calendar, overview, search in the overview, Looking Glass
Alt+[key above Tab] - Switches between the windows of the same application
Ctrl+Alt+Tab - Allows access to accessibility switcher
Ctrl+Shift+Alt+R - Allow to start screencast recording, hitting the same stops recording

Command Dialog Shortcuts

You have to enter the these codes in the Command Dialog (Alt+F2)

r or restart - To restart GNOME Shell
rt - To reload the GNOME Shell theme
debugexit – To quit GNOME Shell

Mouse Tips

Ctrl+Clicking on the application icon for a running application will open a new window of that application in the current workspace.
Right clicking on the application icon – for a running application will display a menu with window titles for selecting one of the windows.
Middle clicking on the application icon – will launch it on a new workspace.
Window maximizing - You can maximize a window by dragging it to the top edge of the screen. You can also double-click the window title to maximize. To unmaximize, pull it down again.
Moving your mouse pointer to the top left corner of the screen – will activate the overview

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