Ubuntu Hotkeys – Keyboard Shortcuts


Ctrl+A = Select all (In Documents, Firefox, Nautilus, etc, not Terminal)
Ctrl+C = Copy (In Documents, Firefox, Nautilus, etc, not Terminal)
Ctrl+V = Paste (In Documents, Firefox, Nautilus, etc, not Terminal)

Ctrl+N = New (Create a new document, not in terminal)
Ctrl+O = Open (Open a document, not in terminal)
Ctrl+S = Save (Save the current document, not in terminal)
Ctrl+P = Print (Print the current document, not in terminal)

Ctrl+E = Send To… (Send the current document to an email recipient or remote location, not in terminal)
Ctrl+W = Close (Close the current document, not in terminal)
Ctrl+Q = Quit (Quit the application, not in terminal)

Ctrl + Alt + F1 = Switch to the first virtual terminal
Ctrl + Alt + F2(F3)(F4)(F5)(F6) = Select the different virtual terminals
Ctrl + Alt + F7 = Switch to current terminal session with X

Ctrl+Alt++ = Switch to next X resolution (Depends of your X configuration)
Ctrl+Alt+- = Switch to previous X resolution (Depends of your X configuration)

Ctrl + Alt + Backspace = Kill X server

Alt+Tab = Switch between open programs
Printscrn = Print sreen

Command line / Terminal shortcuts

Ctrl+C = Kill process (Kill the current process in terminal, also used to copy elsewhere)
Ctrl+Z = Send process to background
Ctrl+D = Log out from the current terminal. In X, this may log you out after a shuting down the emulator.

Ctrl+A = Home (Move cursor to beginning of line)
Ctrl+E = End (Move cursor to end of line)
Tab = List available commands from typed letters (Ex: type iw and click tab, output = iwconfig iwevent iwgetid iwlist iwpriv iwspy)

Ctrl+U = Delete current line
Ctrl+K = Delete current line from cursor
Ctrl+W = Delete word before cursor in terminal (Terminal only, also used to close the current document elsewhere)

Arrows up and down = Browse command history
Ctrl+R = History search (Finds the last command matching the letters you type)

Shift+PageUp / PageDown = Scroll terminal output
Ctrl+L = Clears terminal output
Shift+insert = Paste


Mousewheel click or 3rd mouse button = Paste selected text (Select any text in any window and paste where you want. Terminal / Firefox / Gnome apps)

ALT-Tab Task List Selection
Crtl-Alt-(F1-F12) Command prompt
Crtl-Alt-Backspace Restart XWindows
Crtl-C Copy the selected text or region onto the clipboard
Alt-(leftclick mouse) To hold on to the window/GUI and move it around
Ctrl-F Open Search(find) dialog
Alt-F2 Show the panel run application dialog
Alt-F1 Show the panel menu
Prnt Scrn Take a screenshot
Alt-Prnt Scrn Take a screenshot of active window
Ctrl-Alt-Arrow keys Switches to the workspace to the specified direction of the current workspace
Ctrl-Alt-D Minimizes all windows, and gives focus to the desktop
Ctrl-Alt-Tab Switches the focus between the panels and the desktop
Alt-F4 Closes the currently focused window
Alt-F5 Unmaximize the current window, if it is maximized
Alt-F7 Move the currently focused window
Alt-F8 Resize the currently focused window

Alt-F9 Minimize the current window
Alt-F10 Maximize the current window
Shift-Ctrl-Alt-Arrow keys Moves the current window to another workspace in the specified direction
Ctrl-N Create a new document or window
Ctrl-X Cut the selected text or region and place it on the clipboard
Ctrl-V Paste the contents of the clipboard
Ctrl-Z Undo the last action
Ctrl-S Save the current document to disk
F1 Launches Help
Tab Move between controls in the interface or items in a list
spacebar Activate or choose the selected item
F10 Activate the left-most menu of the application window
Shift-F10 Activate the context menu for the selected item
Esc Close a menu without selecting a menu item, or cancel a drag operation


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