Useful keyboard shortcuts

This page provides an overview of keyboard shortcuts that can help you use your desktop and applications more efficiently. If you cannot use a mouse or pointing device at all, see Keyboard navigation for more information on navigating user interfaces with only the keyboard.

Getting around the desktop

Alt+F4

Close the current window.

Alt+F2

Pop up command window (for quickly running commands)

Alt+Tab

Quickly switch between windows. Hold down Shift for reverse order.

Alt+`

Switch between windows from the same application, or from the selected application after Alt+Tab.

This shortcut uses ` on US keyboards, where the ` key is above Tab. On all other keyboards, the shortcut is Alt plus whatever key is above Tab.

Super+S

Activate the workspace switcher. Zoom out on all workspaces.

Super+W

Activate "Expo" mode. Show all windows from current workspace.

Shift+Alt+

Activate "Expo" mode. Show all windows from current workspace.

Ctrl+Alt+Arrow keys

Switch between workspaces.

Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Arrow keys

Move the current window to a different workspace.

Ctrl+Alt+Delete

Log out.

Ctrl+Super+D

Hide all windows and show the desktop. Press the keys again to restore your windows.

Ctrl+Alt+L

Lock the screen.

Common editing shortcuts

Ctrl+A

Select all text or items in a list.

Ctrl+X

Cut (remove) selected text or items and place it on the clipboard.

Ctrl+C

Copy selected text or items to the clipboard.

Ctrl+V

Paste the contents of the clipboard.

Ctrl+Z

Undo the last action.

Capturing from the screen

Print Screen

Take a screenshot.

Alt+Print Screen

Take a screenshot of a window.

Shift+Print Screen

Take a screenshot of an area of the screen. The pointer changes to a crosshair. Click and drag to select an area.