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Shortcuts That Work for Ubuntu 9.04

I went back through all of the shortcuts that I could find and tried them on Ubuntu 9.04. Interesting that some of them did not work so I left those out. All of these shortcuts should work on a default Ubuntu installation.

Basic Keyboard Shortcuts
When you consider using keyboard shortcuts always think about the Ctrl key as that is the first key you will use with all of the keyboard basics.

Ctrl + C = Copy the highlighted content to clipboard
Ctrl + V = Paste the clipboard content
Ctrl + N = New Create a new document (works with gedit, OpenOffice, not terminal)
Ctrl + O = Open a document
Ctrl + S = Save the current document
Ctrl + P = Print the current document by selecting a printer
Ctrl + W = Close the close document
Ctrl + Q = Quit the current application

Keyboard Shortcuts for GNOME Desktop

Ctrl + Alt + F1 = Switch to the first virtual terminal
Ctrl + Alt + F2(F3)(F4)(F5)(F6) = Select the different virtual terminals
Ctrl + Alt + F7 = Restore back to the current terminal session with X
Virtual terminals or ttys allow you to login as different users or multiple times. The virtual teminals F1-F6 are command line only, F7 is the XWindow.
Ctrl + Alt + Backspace = Restart GNOME
Alt + Tab = Switch between open programs
Ctrl + Alt + L = Lock the screen, this will require user password to open
Alt + F1 = opens the Applications menu
Alt + F2 = opens the Run Application dialog box
Alt + F4 = closes the current window which is highlighted
Alt + F5 = unmaximizes the current window
Alt + F7 = grab and move the current window
Alt + F8 = resizes the current window with mouse
Alt + F9 = minimizes the current window by placing on the panel
Alt + F10 = maximizes the current window
Alt + Space = opens the window menu on the currently highlighted application
Ctrl + Alt + Left/Right = move to the next/previous workspace

Keyboard Shortcuts for Terminal
Do not mistake these shortcuts with shortcuts for vi or any other editor that you may have open.

Ctrl + C = kills the current process.
Ctrl + Z = sends the current process to the background.
Ctrl + D = logs you out.
Ctrl + R = finds the last command matching the entered letters.
Enter letters which will be followed by Tab + Tab = lists the available commands beginning with those letters.

Keyboard Shortcuts for Nautilus

Shift + Ctrl + N = Create New Folder
Ctrl + T = Will add a tab to the window
Alt + ENTER = Show File/Folder Properties
Ctrl + 1 = Toggle View As Icons
Ctrl + 2 = Toggle View As List
Ctrl + S = Select Pattern by opening pattern window
F2 = Rename File
Ctrl + A = Select all files and folders
Ctrl + W = Close Window
Ctrl + Shift + W = Close All Nautilus Windows
Ctrl + R = Reload Nautilus Window
Alt + Up = Open parent directory
Alt + Left = Back
Alt + Right = Forward
Alt + Home = go to Home folder
Ctrl + L = go to location bar
F9 = Show sidepane
Ctrl + H = Show Hidden Files
Ctrl + + = Zoom In
Ctrl + – = Zoom Out
Ctrl + 0 = Normal Size

Are you looking for Ubuntu commands? Check out our Command Manual PDF.

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  1. June 4, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    I am not sure about anything above Hardy Running on this computer of mine.I would like to give another version a try but when i was running Xubuntu Gusty was fine till i upgraded.Saying that there should be more Linux Blogs and advice for newbies like this. I find Ubuntu forums very hard to get help from so i just leave my Ubuntu as it is and don’t play around with it.

    This is a great shortcut guide People like you should be writing the help for Ubuntu on an interface we can all Understand ,Not forums Which i have protested about on my blog.

  2. Tim Watkins
    August 18, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    I recently installed UBUNTU 9.04 on my machine as a triple boot along with Windows XP and Windows 7 .
    Ctrl+Alt+Backspace will not reboot 9.04 for some reason.
    Thanks for the shortcut guide

  3. December 16, 2009 at 3:22 am

    Some other shortcut keys:
    – Ctrl + M: Create shortcut icon
    – Ctrl + O: Open object which be choose
    – Ctrl + 3: Toggle view as compac
    – Shift + Return: Open folder in a new tab
    – Ctrl + PageUp: Go to next Tab
    – Ctrl + PageDown: Back to previous Tab
    And so on

  4. December 16, 2009 at 3:25 am

    Hi Tim Watkins!
    If you are using Ubunbu 9.04 or 9.10. You can press Ctrl + Alt + Del to choose: Shutdown, Restart, Suspend or Hibernate!
    Have fun!

  5. March 21, 2010 at 5:27 am

    how can i change the copy/paste key for ubuntu tweak.

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