Essential Ubuntu Keyboard Shortcuts

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Although Ubuntu is an operating system focused on simplicity, it can be made faster through the use of keyboard shortcuts. In this tutorial, we will see which are the main keyboard shortcuts to use on this free operating system in order to increase productivity.

As you will see, Ubuntu uses some shortcuts from Windows 10. The keys used are the same as for the Microsoft system: Ctrl, Maj, Alt, ImpEcran, Super, Tab. These keys are usually found at the bottom of the keyboard, near the spacebar.

The Super key is the one that represents the Windows logo. Shift shows a thick arrow pointing up. As for Tab, these are two head-to-tail arrows. Ctrl, Alt and PrintScreen are noted on the corresponding keys.

By mixing these keys, you will be able to navigate your system more quickly, and even catch up with things when the mouse cursor is no longer available.


Basic keyboard shortcuts in Ubuntu


  • Ctrl + C : copy text or element
  • Ctrl + V : paste text or element
  • Ctrl + X : cut text or element
  • Ctrl + Z : undo the last action
  • Ctrl + A : select all
  • Alt + F2 : open the quick command window
  • Ctrl + Alt + Del : disconnect from the current session

Keyboard shortcuts to manage windows


  • Alt + F4 : close the active window
  • Super+Tab : switch between the various open windows
  • Ctrl+Super+D : Minimize all windows and show desktop
  • Alt + Space : Activate window menu
  • Super+H : hide the active window
  • Maj+Super+Direction : move the active window one screen towards the chosen direction

Shortcuts for screenshot in Ubuntu


  • ImpEcran : take a screenshot
  • Alt + ImpEcran : capture a window
  • Maj + ImpEcran : take a screenshot of part of the screen

You now know the most used keyboard shortcuts on Ubuntu. They are visible and editable in Settings -> Devices -> Keyboard.

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