Ubuntu: How do I change the shortcut key to launch the dash


I'm using a Logitech Cordless Mediaboard and since it doesn't have a win key, I need to change the shortcut for launching the dash.

I'm not looking to assign Alt Gr as win key or any other key. I want to change the shortcut key to launch the dash, for example Alt+z or Alt Gr



Go to Configuration Editor > / > apps > compiz-1 > plugins > unityshell > screen0 > options and edit the Show launcher string to <Alt>Z.


This should work on Ubuntu 15.10:

  • Install compizconfig-settings-manager Install compizconfig-settings-manager.

  • Press Alt-F2, type about:config and press Enter.

  • Select the "Launcher" tab, and change the keyboard shortcut for "Key to show the Dash, Launcher and Help Overlay".

    Screenshot of CompizConfig Settings Manager


For Ubuntu 12.04 LTS desktop, open the System Settings window. (If you need to locate it, search for Settings in the Dash.)

Keyboard shortcuts are under the Shortcuts tab of the Keyboard settings. However, I did not find a shortcut for the Dash.

Another way to go is to select Keyboard Layout and press the Options button in the lower left corner.

As suggested in a comment, one possibility is under Caps Lock key behavior. Also look at alternate mappings under Alt/Win key behavior or Ctrl key position.

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While not (I think) providing an answer to your question, this community wiki question may provide additional information which you may also be interested in.
What are Unity's keyboard and mouse shortcuts?


Go to Sytem Settings > Keyboard > Shortcuts Tab

Under the Launchers category, look for the Search action and edit the accelerator.


  1. Go to the dash: enter image description here

  2. Type keyboard and open it

  3. go to the shortcuts menu

Now you can edit all keyboard shortcuts

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