An Ubuntu Linux Keyboard Shortcut Reference Guide for your Dell PC

An Ubuntu Linux Keyboard Shortcut Reference Guide for your Dell PC



The following article provides information on the various keyboard shortcut commands common to Ubuntu Linux for use with your Dell PC.


Table of Contents:

  1. Keyboard Shortcut Reference Guide
  2. Shortcut Guides

Keyboard Shortcut Reference Guide

This is going to be used as the contents page of a reference guide for keyboard shortcut commands used by the various utilities and applications common to Ubuntu Linux Operating Systems (OS).

The purpose of a shortcut guide is self explanatory in that it provides a quick and easy way to use common commands without having to go through a multi-step process each time.

Note: SUPER = The Windows logo or Apple command key on your keyboard.


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Shortcut Guides

Shortcut Effect Additional Info
TAB Autocomplete text - Press TAB to have the system guess at completing the text already entered. also does commands Press twice to see the options if more than one found
CTRL+SHIFT+V Paste Similar to CTRL+V in other applications
CTRL+SHIFT+T New Tab
ALT+[number] Move to Tab [number]
CTRL+D Close Tab Or the application if all the Tabs are closed
CTRL+L Clear screen
CTRL+K Delete the text before the cursor
CTRL+R+[text] Find command in History for the next command>press CTRL+R again
CTRL+A Move cursor to the beginning
CTRL+E Move the cursor to the end
CTRL+C Kill current task
CTRL+Z Move task to background type 'fg'> to bring to foreground
~ Home folder symbol i.e. 'cd ~/Documents'
Up Cursor or CTRL+P Scrolls through the commands you've previously entered
Down Cursor or CTRL+N Takes you back to a more recent command
CTRL+A or HOME Moves the cursor to the start of a line
CTRL+E or END Moves the cursor to the end of a line
Esc+B Moves to the beginning of the previous or current word
CTRL+U Deletes from the start of the line to the current cursor position
CTRL+W Deletes the word behind the cursor
ALT+B Goes back one word at a time
ALT+F Moves forward one word at a time
ALT+C Capitalises the letter where the cursor is and moves to the end of word
Note: The mouse won't work. Use the Left/Right arrow keys to move around the line. When the cursor is where you want it in the line, typing inserts text - ie it doesn't overtype what's already there.
Shortcut Effect Additional Info
Q Quit Lowercase q
/ Search Press N or SHIFT+N > next/previous search result
ALT+< Begin
ALT+> End
h Help
Shortcut Effect Additional Info
Esc Shift to command mode Vim has the following modes.
1. command Mode
2. Insert Mode
3. Visual Mode
Y Yank copy line
U Undo line
u Undo line
yy Yank current line
y[number] Yank [number] of lines
I Insert at the beginning of current line and enter insert mode
i Enter inset mode
P Paste before
p Paste after
D Delete to the end of line
d[number] Delete [number] of lines
v Enter visual mode Good for manipulating large amounts of text
:w Save
:new New file
:e[filename] Open file [filename]
:%s/x/y/g Replace x by y filewide
:h Help
~ Toggle case
:q! Quit without saving
Shortcut Effect Additional Info
q Quit
u Monitor [user] only
# [number] Set max. tasks displayed
> Move down
< Move up
m Memory info
k [PID] Kill [PID] PID = Process ID
r [nice number] Renice none root: 0 to 19
root: -20 to 19
h Help
Shortcut Effect Additional Info
CTRL+O ENTER Save CTRL+O then ENTER
CTRL+C Cancel
CTRL+X Quit

Useful Keyboard shortcuts to know when navigating the desktop and windows in Ubuntu.

Shortcut Effect Additional Info
CTRL+ALT+D Minimise all windows
CTRL+SUPER+Up Cursor Maximise window
CTRL+SUPER+Down Cursor Un-maximise window
CTRL+SUPER+Left Cursor Take 50% of the screen, on the left
CTRL+SUPER+Right Cursor Take 50% of the screen, on the right
CTRL+ALT+Cursor key Move to different workspace down cursor > move to the bottom workspace
CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+Cursor Move focused window to workspace
ALT+F4 Closewindow
ALT+TAB Switch to the next window, by holding down ALT and tapping TAB to go through each window scope - single workspace
ALT+SHIFT+TAB Switch between windows, hold down ALT and SHIFT and tap TAB scope - all workspaces
ALT+` Switch to app instance scope - single workspace - ALT + [the key above TAB]
ALT+F2 or CTRL+ALT+T Run Terminal command
ALT+SPACE Open window menu another way to minimise or close a window
ALT+PRTSCN Screenshot focused app
SHIFT+PRTSCN Screenshot of area
PRTSCN Screenshot whole desktop
SUPER+S Workspace overview
ALT+F1 Open the applications menu
ALT+F2 Run an application by typing its name in the box which appears
ALT+F4 Closes window
ALT+F5 Returns window to normal or previous size
ALT+F7 Moves the current window can be moved with mouse or keyboard
ALT+F8 Resizes the current window can be moved with mouse or keyboard
ALT+F9 Minimises the current window
ALT+F10 Maximises the current window
ALT+SPACE Brings up the window menu always on top, minimise and maximise are on that menu
CRL+ALT+TAB Toggles between currently open windows scope - across all workspaces
SUPER+W Enable the scale effect it shows all windows in current workspace
SUPER+A Enables the scale effect it shows all windows in all workspaces
SUPER+N Invert colours for the current window
SUPER+M Invert colours for the whole screen
SUPER+Mouse scroll wheel Zooms in the screen
SUPER+Middle mouse button Select a region to zoom into using a rectangle
CTRL+SUPER+D Toggles show desktop
ALT+Middle Mouse Button Resize focused window
ALT+Left Mouse Button Move focused window
ALT+Right Mouse Button Show window menu
SUPER+S Zoom out show workspace switcher
CTRL+C Copy the select text / object
CTRL+X Cut the selected text / object
CTRL+V Paste / insert the selected text /object
CTRL+A Select all text
CTRL+B Make the selected text Bold
CTRL+I Make the selected text Italic
CTRL+U Underline the selected text
CTRL+N Open a new document or window
CTRL+S Save the current document
CTRL+O Open another document
CTRL+P Print the current document
CRL+Z Undo the last change you made
CTRL+SHIFT+Z Redo a change that you just undid
CTRL+ALT+DEL Restart the computer immediately without saving open files
CTRL+ALT+'+' Rotate through supported screen resolutions + on numeric pad
CTRL+ALT+'-' Rotate backwards through supported screen resolutions - on numeric pad
Shortcut Effect Additional Info
CTRL+T New tab
CTRL+W Close tab or app if tabs are closed
CTRL+1 Icon View
CTRL+2 List View
CTRL+3 Compact View
CTRL+SHIFT+N New folder
CTRL+L Go to location view current path / connect to a SSH server
CTRL+D Add bookmark bookmarks the folder you are currently in
CTRL+Q Close all nautilus windows it closes all instances
F2 Rename file/folder
F3 Split window
ALT+[number] Tab [number]
Shortcut Effect Additional Info
SUPER Open Dash home lens press SUPER again to close Dash
SUPER+A Application lens opens Dash if it isn't already, can be used to immediately enter app lens
SUPER+F File lens opens Dash if it isn't already, can be used to immediately enter file lens
SUPER + M Music lens opens Dash if it isn't already, can be used to immediately enter music lens
CTRL+TAB Switch to next lens
Shortcut Effect Additional Info
SUPER (long press) Display Unity shortcuts
SUPER+[number] Open starter on launcher position [number]
SUPER+SHIFT+[number] Open new window of app at position [number]
SUPER+TAB Switch app using the launcher
Shortcut Effect Additional Info
ALT (tap) Show HUD type to search app menu
ALT+F10 Open traditional app menu
Shortcut Effect Additional Info
CTRL+N New Document / Tab
CTRL+W Close document
CTRL+ALT+N New Tab group
CTRL+SHIFT+W Close all
CTRL+S Save
CTRL+SHIFT+S Save as save a copy of the file with a new filename in a new location
CTRL+SHIFT+L Save all
CTRL+F Find text
CTRL+H Find and replace text
CTRL+I Go to line i not l
CTRL+C Copy
CTRL+X Cut
CTRL+V Paste
CTRL+Q Quit
Shortcut Effect Additional Info
CTRL+N New window
CTRL+L Focus URL bar type e.g. man:ls to see the ls man page
ALT+Left Cursor Back
ALT+Right Cursor Forward
Shortcut Effect Additional Info
CTRL+T New Tab
CTRL+W Close Tab
CTRL+SHIFT+T Recover closed Tab
CTRL+TAB Next Tab
CTRL+SHIFT+TAB Previous Tab
CTRL+L Focus URL bar
CTRL+K Focus Search bar
CTRL+F Search Page Search bar is always visible
CTRL+SHIFT+E Tab groups Organise task in Tab groups
CTRL+SHIFT+Y Open download window
CTRL+SHIFT+A Open add-on preferences
CTRL+D Bookmark page
CTRL+H History
CTRL+R Reload current page
CTRL+B Show Bookmarks
CTRL+Y List Downloads
CTRL+Q Quit
Esc Stop loading page
/ Quick Search If search bar not visible - CTRL+G>next
F11 Full screen
ALT+[1-8] Jump to Tab
ALT+9 Jump to last Tab
ALT+Left Cursor Back
ALT+Right Cursor Forward
ALT Gr+SPACE Scroll current Tab down
ALT Gr+BACKSPACE or ALT Gr+SHIFT+SPACE Scrolls current TAB up
Shortcut Effect Additional Info
CTRL+N New Mail
CTRL+ENTER Send Mail
CTRL+S Save Draft
CTRL+L Create Link
CTRL+Q Quit
Shortcut Effect Additional Info
CTRL+E Open torrent folder
CTRL+P Pause
CTRL+N New
CTRL+U Open URL
ALT+C Toggle View Normal or compact
ALT+ENTER Torrent properties
DELETE Remove
CTRL+Q Quit
SHIFT+DELETE Delete file and Remove
Shortcut Effect Additional Info
CTRL+F Find Account
CTRL+Q Quit
F3 History
Shortcut Effect Additional Info
CTRL+N New
CTRL+O Connect
CTRL+E Edit
CTRL+D Delete
CTRL+X Quit
Shortcut Effect Additional Info
CTRL+H Toggle video controls
CTRL+S Take screenshot
CTRL+Q Quit
SPACE Pause
F11 Full Screen
F9 Toggle sidebar
Shortcut Effect Additional Info
CTRL+SPACE Toggle play
CTRL+F Search
CTRL+J Jump to playing song
CTRL+U Shuffle
CTRL+R Repeat
CTRL+D Small Mode
CTRL+Up Cursor Increase Volume
CTRL+Down Cursor Decrease Volume
CTRL+Q Quit
ALT+Cursor left Last song
ALT+ENTER Edit song metadata
F11 Party mode/Fullscreen
Shortcut Effect Additional Info
CTRL+I Import photos from folder
CTRL+N Create new event Events act as folders for your photo content
CTRL+F Find
CTRL+E Enhance Automatically balance colour and contrast
CTRL+T Add Tag(s)
CTRL+M Modify Tag(s)
CTRL+SHIFT+P Publish photo(s) Upload your photo(s) to Facebook or other online sources
CTRL+Q Quit
F2 Rename photo
F5 Start Slideshow
Shortcut Effect Additional Info
CTRL+S Save current document
CTRL+SHIFT+S Save current document as create a copy of the file with a new filename and save location
CTRL+O Open existing document
CTRL+N Create new document
CTRL+I Italicise text
CTRL+B Bold text
CTRL+U Underline text
CTRL+ALT+C Add comment
CTRL+P Print
CTRL+SHIFT+V Paste text unformatted useful when inserting pre-formatted content such as from web data
CTRL+F Find
CTRL+H Find and replace text
CTRL+Q Quit
F7 Check spelling
Shortcut Effect Additional Info
CTRL+S Save current spreadsheet
CTRL+SHIFT+S Save current spreadsheet as create a copy of the file with a new filename and save location
CTRL+O Open existing spreadsheet
CTRL+F2 Insert function
CTRL++ Insert cells
CTRL+1 Format cells
CTRL+M Clear formatting
CTRL+I Italicise text
CTRL+B Bold text
CTRL+U Underline text
CTRL+ALT+C Add comment
CTRL+P Print
CTRL+SHIFT+V Paste text unformatted useful when inserting pre-formatted content such as web data
CTRL+F Find text
CTRL+H Find and replace text
CTRL+Q Quit
CTRL+N Create new spreadsheet
F11 Modify styles and formatting
F7 Check spelling
F9 Recalculate cell contents
Shortcut Effect Additional Info
CTRL+S Save current presentation
CTRL+SHIFT+S Save current presentation as create a copy of the file with a new filename and save location
CTRL+O Open existing presentation
CTRL+N Create new presentation
CTRL+I Italicise text
CTRL+B Bold text
CTRL+U Underline text
CTRL+P Print
CTRL+SHIFT+V Paste unformatted useful when inserting pre-formatted content, such as web data
CTRL+F Find text
CTRL+H Find and replace text
CTRL+Q Quit
F5 Start slideshow
F7 Check spelling
Shortcut Effect Additional Info
CTRL+S Save
CTRL+SHIFT+S Save as Create a copy of the file with a new filename and save location
CTRL+SHIFT+G Group
CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+G Ungroup
CTRL+SHIFT+K Combine
CTRL+Q Quit
F2 Switch to Text Mod
+ Zoom in
- Zoom out


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Software support is provided by Canonical through the following methods:
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Article ID: SLN151708

Last Date Modified: 08/28/2018 06:55 AM


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