Gnome Keyboard Shortcuts

Accelerate your Gnome keyboard navigation with these shortcuts. You should master these if you are orca screen reader user along with Orca keyboard shortcuts.

  • Global Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Alt+F1 Open the Main Applications Menu
  • Alt+F2 Open the Run Application dialog.
  • Print Screen Take a screenshot of the entire screen.
  • Alt+ Print Screen Take a screenshot of the window that currently has focus.
  • F1 If the focused element is an application window or dialog, this keyboard shortcut opens the Help for the application.
  • Ctrl+F1 If the focused element is a panel or application window, this keyboard shortcut switches the display of tooltips for the window or panel objects on and off.
  • Shift+F10 Open a popup menu for the element that has focus (if a popup menu exists for that element).
  • Tab Give focus to the next element or control.
  • Shift+Tab Reverse the navigation direction and give focus to the previous element or control.
  • Ctrl+Tab Give focus to the next element or control if the Tab key has a specific purpose in a control.
  • arrow keys Navigate within an element or control.
  • spacebar Activate the element or control that has focus.For example, if the current control is a button, this action is the equivalent of clicking on the button with a mouse.
  • Esc Close a window, menu, or drawer.
  • F7 Switch to caret navigation mode. Caret navigation mode enables you to use the keyboard to select text.
  • Ctrl+Alt +D Temporarily hide all windows and give focus to the desktop background.
  • Ctrl+Alt +Tab Display a popup window with icons that represent the desktop background and the panels. Press and hold Ctrl+Alt and continue to press Tab to switch the focus between the desktop background and the panels.
  • Navigating Windows
  • Alt+Tab Display a popup window with icons that represent each window.
  • Alt+Esc Raise each window in turn until you reach the window you want.
  • Alt+F6 Cycle between windows belonging to the current application (eg, a multiple document interface application like Text Editor).
  • Alt+ spacebar Open the Window menu.
  • Alt+F4 Close the window.
  • Alt+F9 Minimize the window.
  • Alt+F10 Maximize the window.
  • Alt+F5 Restore a maximized window to its original size.
  • Alt+F7 Start the move operation.
  • arrow keys Move the window 10 pixels at a time in the direction of the arrow key.
  • Ctrl + arrow keys Move the window one pixel at a time in the direction of the arrow key.
  • Shift + arrow keys Move the window in the direction of the arrow key and align it with the edge of the nearest window, panel or screen edge.
  • spacebar Complete the move operation, leaving the window in the current position.
  • Esc Cancel the move operation, restoring the window to its original position.
  • Alt+F8 Start the resize operation.
  • arrow keys Resize the window in the direction of the arrow key.
  • spacebar Complete the resize operation, leaving the window at the current size.
  • Esc Cancel the resize operation, restoring the window to its original size.
  • F6 Give focus to the next pane.The system gives focus to the control that last had focus in the pane.
  • F8 Give focus to the first resize handle in the window.The resize handle is displayed between the panes and enables you to resize the panes.Press F8 again to give focus to the next resize handle.
  • Navigating Applications
  • F10 Open the first menu on the application menubar.
  • Alt + access key Open the menu that is associated with the access key
  • access keys Select the menu item that is associated with the access key.
  • left arrow and right arrow Switch focus between the menus on the menubar.
  • up arrow and down arrow Move focus into a menu.
  • Esc Close the open menu and give focus to the control that had focus before the menubar.
  • Ctrl+O Open the file selector dialog.
  • Ctrl+S Open the Save dialog.
  • Ctrl+L Open a Location dialog, enabling you to type the name of a file that you want to open or save.
  • Ctrl+P Open a Print dialog, if available.
  • Ctrl+C Copy highlighted text to the global, application-spanning clipboard.
  • Ctrl+X Cut highlighted text to the global, application-spanning clipboard.
  • Ctrl+V Paste text from the global, application-spanning clipboard to the current cursor position.
  • Alt+access key Activate or select a control.
  • Tab Give focus to the next control.
  • Ctrl+Page Up Move to the next page/tabbed section of the dialog.
  • Ctrl+Page Down Move to the previous page/tabbed section of the dialog.
  • Esc Cancel/dismiss the dialog.
  • Return Perform the default action for the dialog.
  • Navigating Folders
  • arrow keys Select the next or previous file or folder in the direction of the arrow key.
  • Ctrl + arrow keys Give focus to the next or previous file or folder but do not select the item.
  • spacebar Open the focused file or folder.
  • Ctrl + spacebar Select the item that currently has focus.
  • Home Select the first file or folder within the current folder.
  • End Select the last file or folder within the current folder.
  • backspace Open the current folder's parent folder.
  • Shift-F10 Open a file or folder popup menu.
  • Ctrl-F10 Open the enclosing folder's popup menu (equivalent to right-clicking on the view pane background).
  • F6 Switch focus between the side pane and the view pane.
  • Shift+F10 Open the side pane popup menu.
  • Caret Navigation Mode
  • F7 Switch to caret navigation mode [Yelp-only].
  • left arrow Move one character to the left.
  • right arrow Move one character to the right.
  • up arrow Move up one line.
  • down arrow Move down one line.
  • Ctrl + left arrow Move to the beginning of the previous word.
  • Ctrl + right arrow Move to the end of the next word.
  • Page Up Scroll up one page of content.
  • Page Down Scroll down one page of content.
  • Home Move to the beginning of the current line.
  • End Move to the end of the current line.
  • Shift + arrow keys Move from the current position to the destination position, selecting all text between the two positions.
  • Tab Move focus to the next focusable control.
  • Shift+Tab Move focus to the previous focusable control.
  • Enter Activate a button, link or other control
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3 comments:

  1. Thanks for the information!

    This is just what I was looking for.

    This is useful for a new Fedora 15 user. I am really liking it so far.

    Do you know if there is a downladable pdf or wallpaper with these anywhere?

    Pat C.

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  2. No I haven't made a it available for download. Feel free to create one :)

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  3. Thanks so much for the info.
    It will be of much use to me! ^.^

    ReplyDelete

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