13 Keyboard Shortcuts Every Ubuntu User Should Know

The keyboard shortcuts perform different functions by pressing a specific combination of keys. These keyboard shortcuts make the users work on the computer conveniently by saving time. Like other operating systems also supports different keyboard shortcuts that make the work easy for the users.

In his write-up, the 13 most important keyboard shortcuts have been explored, which are supposed to be known to every Ubuntu user.

What are the 13 Keyboard Shortcuts Every Ubuntu User Should Know?

If you are new to the Ubuntu operating system, then learn all the shortcut keys, which will be explained in the next sections of this blog.

Note: There is a super key on the keyboard, also known as the window key. So, the word “Super” refers to this blog’s super key/windows key.

1. Open the Desktop Window (Super+D)

If you working on some application in Ubuntu and want to navigate directly to the Desktop screen, then use the shortcut key of “Super+D”:

2. Open the Application Menu (Super+A)

To open the application menu in Ubuntu, simply use the “Super+A” shortcut key of the keyboard:

3. Open the Terminal (ALT+CTRL+T)

We all know that Ubuntu is a Linux-based operating system that can be managed using the command-line interface. To run the command in Ubuntu, we need to open the terminal, which can be opened simply by pressing the “ALT+CTRL+T”.

The terminal has been opened.

4. Open a New Terminal Window (CTRL+SHIFT+T)

After opening the terminal, if you want to open another window within the terminal to run some other commands, then the “CTRL+SHIFT+T” shortcut key is used:

Another window of the terminal has been opened.

5. Search Files(CTRL+F)

This shortcut key is remembered when you are supposed to find the files in any directory. For example, if we are looking for some files on the Desktop, press the “CTRL+F” shortcut key on the desktop and type the file name to find it:

6. Switch Applications (ALT+T)

If multiple applications have been opened and you want to switch the applications, then use the shortcut key “ALT+T”. For example, we have launched the terminal and Firefox. When the ALT+T is pressed, it will provide the option to switch the applications:

7. Open the Notification Menu (Super+M)

If the super+M is pressed, it will display the notification menu:

8. Lock the Screen (Super+L)

If you are not using the computer, then press the “Super+L” keys on the keyboard to lock the screen:

9. Close the Window (CTRL+Q)

To close any window of Ubuntu, use the shortcut key “CTRL+Q”, and it will close the opened window:

10. Kill the Process (CTRL+Z)

Sometimes, users are stuck in some process, and even they are unaware of the process, due to which the computer is being halted. To kill the current process, press the shortcut key “CTRL+Z”.

11. Clear the Terminal Window (CTRL+L)

When the terminal is supposed to be clear, instead of using the clear command, simply use the “CTRL+L” to clear the terminal:

12. Run Previous Commands (Up arrow key “⬆”)

To run the previous command in the terminal, use the arrow keys, especially the up and down arrow keys. This is useful when you are supposed to run the same commands repeatedly.

13. Run Previous Executed Command(CTRL+P)

Use the “CTRL+P” shortcut key on Ubuntu to run the previously executed command in the terminal.


13 keyboard shortcuts that every Ubuntu user should know to manage the windows as well as the terminal of Ubuntu. In this blog, the 13 most important keyboard shortcut keys have been explored, which every Ubuntu user should know.