Ubuntu: How can I disable the Super button so that it won't bring up the Search window?



Question:

I know this question may have been asked before but the solutions are all out of date or don't work.

I am running Ubuntu as a VM in VMWare on a Mac. If I try to switch from Ubuntu (in VMWare) to the host computer's OS (Mac OS X) but pressing command-tab, it almost always brings up the search box as I switch since the "command" button is the "super" key. When I command-tab back to Ubuntu the search box is now up cover my app and I have to manually click the window I was working on to get back to it. This is very frustrating and makes switching from Ubuntu to a Mac OS X app very difficult.

I've tried using Compiz Config Settings Manager. I've tried changing the keyboard settings. I've tried a variety of command line fixes, but NOTHING seems to disable the super key.


Solution:1

I finally found something that worked:

dconf write /org/compiz/profiles/unity/plugins/unityshell/show-launcher '""'  


Solution:2

Do not use previous advice in Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS:

dconf write /org/compiz/profiles/unity/plugins/unityshell/show-launcher '""'

It works! But it gives some bad behaviour: i cann't type a "space" symbol, unexpected resets to login screen with disabled keyboard.


Solution:3

For anybody else using VMware:

  1. Go to "Virtual Machine" -> "Settings" -> "Keyboard & mouse" -> "Edit Profile..." for "Mac Profile" -> "Mac Host Shortcuts" -> Check "Enable Mac OS Host Keyboard Shortcuts"

Picture of the menu screen

Tested using VMWare v7.1.3 and Ubuntu 14.04


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