Tweak To Launch Applications Menu in Ubuntu 10.04 or Later With Windows Key

12 January 2010 By Varun

There are only few hardware components which are designed specifically for Linux users, and keyboards are included in that list. You can launch Start Menu in Windows with a single tap on Windows Key. But there is no such key for Linux. However, there is a small tweak which can enable you to launch Applications Menu in Ubuntu 10.04 or later via Windows Key.

Here are the steps:

  1. Launch Terminal Window or press Alt+F2 which will open a “run” dialogue box.
  2. Paste the following line in the dialogue box, gconftool-2 –set /apps/metacity/global_keybindings/panel_main_menu –type string “Super_L”, and press Enter.
  3. Repeat step number 1.
  4. Paste the following line in the dialogue box, gconftool-2 –set /apps/metacity/global_keybindings/panel_main_menu –type string “Super_R”, and press Enter.

Applications-Menu-in-Ubuntu

This small tweak will enable both, left and right Windows Key to display Applications Menu in Ubuntu. However, you will need to press Enter Key after pressing Windows Key, but that would still save you a lot of time.

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