Keyboard Shortcuts

Gnome shell provides a selection of keyboard shortcuts built in.

Most are defined but some are not, or we suggest changing them.

Super Key

Most shortcuts in Gnome Shell involve the [Super] key.

Simply enough, this is the [Start] key with the windows logo on most keyboards.


Feel free to scratch off the windows logo if you are a purist

Viewing and Configuring Up Keyboard Shortcuts

To open the keyboard shortcuts configuration:

  • Hit [Super]
  • Type key
  • [Tab] twice to get to the "Keyboard" suggestion
  • Hit [Return]

To find a configuration item, you can scroll through or you can search by typing text in the search box at the top

To add or update a keyboard shortcut, click on the relevant listing and then type in your shortcut.

Suggested Configuration

Toggle window on all workspaces or one

[Super] + [a] This will make a window follow you around on all of your desktops.

I tend to do this for Slack, password manager and anything else that is frequently needed across different workspaces / contexts

Toggle full screen mode

[Super] + [f] This simply toggles full screen, as it says

Frequently Used Shortcuts

As well as the suggested configuration above, here are the other keyboard shortcuts that are used a lot

Title Shortcut
Move window left/right monitor [Super] + [Shift] + (arrow left or right)
Move Window up/down workspace [Super] + [Shift] + (pageup or pagedown)
Tile window left/right [Super] + (arrow left or right)
Maximise/Unmaximise Window [Super] + (arrow up or down)
Take a screen shot of selected region and add to clipboard
(ready to paste into Slack for example)
[Ctrl] + [Shift] + [PrtScn]
For the full list of shortcuts, refer to the Keyboard configuration described above, or online here