Ubuntu – How to use window menu accelerators/mnemonics in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS


On Ubuntu 16.04 LTS I have used simple keyboard shortcut to set property Always on Top (Nautilus window as example):

  1. Alt+Space,

    Alt+Space to show window menu

  2. t

  3. After next Alt+Space or right mouse click I see that window was set to Always on Top.

    window is set to Always on Top

In standard Ubuntu 18.04 LTS with GNOME Shell I can press Alt+Space:

window menu on Alt+Space

but it does not react to t.

Seems to be a real bug 1710421 since 17.10.

How to enable such menu accelerators/mnemonics in standard Ubuntu 18.04 LTS?

Best Answer

On GNOME Shell it is impossible! Welcome to the new brave world with unpredictable limits and problems!

To get these shortcuts on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and 20.04 LTS in place you can switch to:

  • Unity - installable with sudo apt-get install ubuntu-unity-desktop:

    Ubuntu 18.04 LTS with Unity desktop

  • GNOME FlashBack - installable with sudo apt-get install gnome-panel:

    GNOME FlashBack on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

  • MATE Desktop Environment (my favorite, as it avoids GNOMEs Hell) - installable with sudo apt-get install ubuntu-mate-desktop^:

    Ubuntu 18.04 LTS with MATE DE

  • XFCE (xubuntu-desktop^) does not have mnemonic for Always on Top, but usable and looks very nice:

    xUbuntu 18.04 LTS

  • Cinnamon (cinnamon-desktop-environment) have all necessary mnemonics:

    Cinnamon on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

  • KDE (kubuntu-desktop^) have mnemonics, they may be accessed from Alt+F3 (so called Window Operations Menu) - for example to keep window above others you need to click Alt+F3, M (for More Actions), A (for Keep Above Others) and menu is rich:

    Kubuntu 18.04 LTS

  • Openbox (openbox), LXDE / LXQT / Lubuntu (lubuntu-desktop^, lxqt) have mnemonics, they are accessed with Alt+Space:

    OpenBox, LXDE/Lubuntu/LXQT on 18.04 LTS

  • Budgie (ubuntu-budgie-desktop^) have mnemonics, they are accessed with Alt+Space:

    Ubuntu Budgie