Last modified on 18 September 2013, at 12:14

Using KDE/Shortcuts

Shortcut TableEdit

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 shortcutsEdit

It is quite obvious that you may not be happy with predefined shortcuts. It turns out that you can easily redefine existing shortcuts, or even 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...