Ubuntu: Unable to exit TUIs due to F10 opening the File pull-down menu instead of quitting the program as meant to



Question:

I use applications such as Midnight Commander, and htop, however I have a problem when quitting, I am forced to either terminate the process, or to click on the quit button myself, if there is one, because in a lot of TUIs there is not. The problem is is there most of them say to press F10 to quit, however when pressing that, I just get it opening up the File pull-down menu:

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So I am unable to quit using the keyboard. I am using gnome-terminal, I have tested this in xfce4-terminal, and the problem is there too. So why is this happening? And is there any fix for this so that it does not launch this pull-down menu and instead does what it's meant to and quit?


OS Information:

No LSB modules are available.  Distributor ID: Ubuntu  Description:    Ubuntu 15.04  Release:    15.04  Codename:   vivid  Flavour: Gnome  Gnome Version: 3.16  


Solution:1

Three ways to modify the F10 behaviour

1. Via terminal preferences

  1. Open your gnome-terminal and the Preferences

  2. Disable the entry Enable the menu accelerator key (F10 by default)

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2. Via command line

gsettings set org.gnome.Terminal.Legacy.Settings menu-accelerator-enabled false  

3. Via dconf-editor

  1. Open the dconf-editor (sudo apt-get install dconf-editor)

  2. Navigate to org.gnome.terminal.legacy

  3. Deselect the entry menu-accelerator-enabled in the right pane

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Solution:2

You can right-click on gnome-terminal window and uncheck "Show Menu" , and it will allow using F10 key.

You can use alternative method for exiting programs,too. For htop you can use Q key to exit. For Midnight Commander or mc you can use the built-in command line to type exit there.

Alternatively, you can switch to another terminal that doesn't rely on F keys for showing the menu for the terminal. For instance, xterm or sakura. I've used the last one as alternative to gnome-terminal many times.


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