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[one-liner]: GNOME & Nautilus Keyboard Shortcuts

Background

I’m always forgetting GNOME & Nautilus keyboard shortcuts so this is a list of some of the more common ones that I’ve used in the past.

Solution

Here’s the lists. I’ve tried to organize the shortcuts first by whether they’re GNOME related or Nautilus. I’ve also tried to break them down into a sub groups based on similar functions, such as, file management, selecting, etc.

GNOME

Desktop Keyboard Shortcuts:

Alt + F1→ Open Applications Menu (Pulldown)
Alt + F2→ Run Application Dialog
Alt + F9→ Minimize Active Window
Alt + Tab→ Rotate Current Window Focus
Ctrl+Alt + D→ minimize all windows

Virtual Desktop Shortcuts:

Ctrl+Alt + L Arrow→ Move Virtual Desktop Left
Ctrl+Alt + R Arrow→ Move Virtual Desktop Right
Ctrl+Alt+Shift + L Arrow→ Move Current Application Left
Ctrl+Alt+Shift + R Arrow→ Move Current Application Right

Logging Out and Restarting:

Ctrl+Alt + L→ Lock Screen
Ctrl+Alt + Del→ Log Out/Reboot System
Ctrl+Alt + Backspace→ Restart Gnome/XWindows (careful)
Nautilus

File Management:

Alt + ENTER→ File/Folder Properties
Ctrl + H→ Show Hidden Files
Shift+Ctrl + N→ Create New Folder
F2→ Rename File
Ctrl + 1→ Toggle View As Icons
Ctrl + 2→ Toggle View As List
Shift + Right Arrow→ Open Directory (List View)
Shift + Left Arrow→ Close Directory (List View)
Shift + Del→ Delete without moving to Trash

Selecting:

Ctrl + A→ Select All
Ctrl + S→ Select Pattern [enter pattern]
hold Ctrl + nav. up/down→ Select non-adjacent files, use space to select multiple files (toggles select/deselect).
hold shift + nav. up/down→ Select adjacent files, (PgUp/PgDwn works by pagefulls too)

Zooming:

Ctrl++→ Zoom In
Ctrl+-→ Zoom Out
Ctrl+0→ Normal Size

Navigation:

Alt + Up Arrow→ Open Parent
Alt + Down Arrow→ Open Selected Folder
Alt + Left Arrow→ Back
Alt + Right Arrow→ Forward
Alt + Home→ Home Folder
Backspace→ return to parent folder
Ctrl + L→ Location Bar in text mode, Esc: switch back to buttons mode

Opening/Closing:

Ctrl + W→ Close Nautilus Window
Ctrl+Shift + W→ Close All Nautilus Windows
Ctrl + R→ Reload Nautilus Window
Ctrl + T→ New Tab
Opening a Nautilus Window→ System > Preferences > Keyboard Shortcuts, select “Launch home directory”, you can assign +e or anything you want…

Tabs & Sidepane:

F6→ switch focus b/w the side pane and the view pane
F9→ Toggle Sidepane
Ctrl+Alt + [PgUp or PgDwn]→ Navigate b/w Nautilus tabs
Ctrl+ [PgUp or PgDwn]→ Navigate b/w Nautilus tabs

References

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