This guide will show you how to create custom keyboard shortcuts to use in Ubuntu, without having to install any additional software.
There are a number of keyboard shortcuts available to use in Ubuntu. I like to add a few custom shortcuts for opening applications that I use regularly. Here’s how I do it –
- Click Show Applications and then select Settings
- Select Keyboard Shortcuts from the list of Settings. From here you’ll find a list of keyboard shortcuts that are already in use, and some that are pre-configured but need to be assigned a specific shortcut.
- The application that I use the most is Firefox, the default web browser in Ubuntu. There’s a pre-built Launcher named Launch web browser – it just needs to be assigned a keyboard combination to use. Click anywhere in that line to bring up the Set Shortcut option.
- Because Firefox is a web browser, I used the letter w as a part of my combo (ctrl+alt+w) and will use that as my shortcut to launch Firefox.
- Once you’ve decided on a combo to use, click the Set button. .
- If you ever decide you don’t like that particular keyboard combination as your browser launcher, you can click the small x next to that entry to reset it.
- You can also create completely new/custom actions by clicking the large “plus sign” ( + ) button at the bottom of the Keyboard Shortcuts list.
- This one is a bit different in that you need to provide a Name and Command in addition to assigning it a keyboard combination.
- As illustrated in the screenshot below, I created a launcher for the Mines game that comes with Ubuntu. Once each of the fields has been populated, click the Add button.
- A new section will be added to your Keyboard Shortcuts named Custom Shortcuts and that’s where you’ll find each of your newly created shortcut.
- Don’t worry about accidentally assigning the same shortcut to multiple actions. If you try to assign a key combination that is already in use, a warning pops up informing you which action is already assigned to that key combination and you aren’t allowed to assign it.