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Updated Fri, 17 Jun 2022 19:18:38 GMT

How to set Super/Windows key to Show All Applications menu in GNOME DE?

I am on Antergos with GNOME 3.24.3.

Pressing the Super key (Windows key) opens this Activities menu/view that I don't want to use:

Activities menu

Pressing the Super + A keys opens the menu that I want to open with just the Super key:

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I have attempted to set this myself by using dconf-editor to set the Activities menu to the Alt_R key (a key I never use) and the Show All Applications menu to the Super key.

(The keybinding for the Activities menu is under /org/gnome/mutter/overlay-key. The keybinding for the Show All Applications menu is under /org/gnome/shell/keybindings/toggle-application-view.)

However, pressing Super or Super + A does nothing now.

How can I make this all work?


I configured those keys directly through Settings -> Devices -> Keyboard on Ubuntu 17.10. Under "System" section you have "Show the overview" which you can disable (by pressing backspace). And for "Show all applications" you can configure then Super.

Comments (4)

  • +1 – Doesn't work on 18.04. I disabled that option but it still comes up when I hit the super key. Very very very annoying — Jan 10, 2019 at 21:01  
  • +0 – Strange, works for me. — Jan 11, 2019 at 01:13  
  • +0 – I thought it might have to do with the fact that I'm using a wireless keyboard but the native one doesn't work either. It's a bit glitchy on a few settings — Jan 12, 2019 at 01:21  
  • +0 – This doesn't work on Manjaro Gnome, i had to use gsettings manually instead, following unix.stackexchange.com/a/518458/54172 answer. — Aug 09, 2019 at 00:18  

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