Get to know some very useful keyboard shortcuts in Ubuntu

As convenient as it is to use the mouse, certain tasks become much more practical and quicker when using keyboard shortcuts. Today we will check out several of the many keyboard shortcuts available in Ubuntu, which can make our tasks much easier and increase productivity.

very useful keyboard shortcuts in ubuntu

This article will focus on Ubuntu, but all major distros and interfaces have similar functionality. Often the shortcuts can be different in other distros, as well as how to configure them. However, this functionality is easy to configure, and is usually available in system configurations.

Open terminal:

Terminal is a tool that not everyone uses, and many really don't even need to use it. But undoubtedly a facilitator and a time saver. And to save time, even better to open it with a simple key combination.

Control + Alt + T

Minimize all windows:

This is a feature I've always used in all distros and interfaces. But not by keyboard shortcuts, but by clicking on the traditional Show desktop icon available on most graphical interfaces. Ubuntu also has this function when using Unity, but in GNOME Shell this icon does not exist and cannot be enabled by default. the shortcut entered:

Super + D

Obs.: The same Super key that commonly comes with the Windows logo. Also called the Windows key.

End session:

Not a task that requires many steps on any graphical interface, but when it comes to productivity, every second counts. This is a very common keyboard shortcut in Windows which, among other things, also serves to end the session.

Control + Alt + Delete

Print from a certain area of ​​the screen:

By pressing the key combination below, your mouse cursor will change to a cross shape. At this point you just need to select on the screen the area you want to print, and the image will be created instantly in your Images folder.

Shift + Print Screen

Control the placement of windows on the screen:

Super + – Scales and positions the current window in the right half of the screen.

Super + – Scales and positions the current window in the left half of the screen.

Super + – Restores the size of the current window before it was maximized.

Super + – Maximizes the current window.

Super + H – Minimizes the current window.

Open an input prompt for commands:

This shortcut opens a prompt, similar to Run on Windows, which can be useful for quick and simple tasks, such as killing an unresponsive application or opening a new one. A good example, if your Firefox is locked and not responding, you can simply press the shortcut, type killall firefox and press Enter to terminate the application. You can also use the combination if GNOME Shell crashes. In this case typing inside the dialog box "r".

Alt + F2

Record the screen without third party programs:

That's right! GNOME Shell, as well as Cinnamon, natively has a feature that lets you record the screen for up to 30 seconds without having to install any extra applications. A very useful feature for creating quick tutorials to post in the forums, or to teach a friend how to do a certain task.


Open pinned apps in the sidebar:

The first ten top-down apps you have pinned to your Ubuntu sidebar, whatever they may be, can be opened instantly with a simple keyboard shortcut. Whereas the first application is number one (1), and the tenth is the number zero (0). Use the command as follows:

Super + 1 (Replacing the 1 by the desired application number.)

Switch between workspaces:

I have never made use of the multiple work area functionality on any system. But many people use this functionality, and the shortcuts below may be a much more convenient way to switch between these workspaces.

Super + PageUp

Super + PageDown

The following video teaches you how to create new shortcuts, and also shows all of the cited shortcuts in this article running.

Do you use keyboard shortcuts other than classic Ctrl + C, Ctrl + V, Ctrl + Z, and etc? Did you already know those mentioned above? Or just like me, did you learn many new from this article?

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