Using KDE/Shortcuts

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Shortcut Table[edit]

Alt-Tab or Alt-Shift-Tab Cycle through the windows

Ctrl-Tab or Ctrl-Shift-Tab Cycle through your desktops

Alt-F2 Mini Command line, allows to quickly launch applications by typing their name (kmail, k3b, ...)

Alt-F3 Window Menu

Alt-F4 Close the current window

Ctrl-F{1..8} Switch to a specific desktop

Ctrl-Alt-L Lock your session. This will display a box with a password area for you to login back into your session, and a button that will allow someone else to login while keeping your session active.

Ctrl-Alt-Del Display logout screen. You have 3 choices : close your session, turn off your computer and restart your computer.

Ctrl-Alt-Esc

Window destroyer (every window you click on will be destroyed). Press Esc to cancel the killer cursor.

The following are shortcut keys that control X11:[edit]

Ctrl-Alt-Backspace

This exits KDE (without saving!) Use this as a last resort.

Ctrl-Alt-Numpad +

Zoom in using the next screen resolution. You may need to configure this in your X-Server configuration for it to work.

Ctrl-Alt-Numpad -

Zoom out using the previous screen resolution. You may need to configure this in your X-Server configuration for it to work.

Win-Q Displays the Activities list

Win-Tab Switches to next Activity

Defining own shortcuts[edit]

You may not be happy with the predefined shortcuts but you can easily redefine existing shortcuts, or define your own. All you need to do is open KMenu -> Control Center-> Regional & Accessibility -> Keyboard Shortcuts. The interface of this is self-explanatory.

Here is the list of thing you may do with defined shortcuts:

  1. opening apps very quickly,
  2. kill, start, restart deamons,
  3. send commands to running apps...