Complete List of Linux Mint 18 Keyboard Shortcuts for Cinnamon

Here is a list of all the major keyboard shortcuts available for the Cinnamon desktop release of Linux Mint 18.

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Toggle Scale: List All Applications on Current Workspace

Toggle Through Open Windows

Press CTRL+ALT+DOWN to list the open applications on the current workspace.

When you see the list, you can let go of the keys and use the arrow keys to navigate through the open windows and press ENTER to choose one.

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Toggle Expo: List All Applications on All Workspaces

Toggle Expo

Press CTRL+ALT+UP to list all of the open applications on all workspaces.

When you see the list, you can let go of the keys and use the arrow keys to navigate around the workspaces.

You can all click on the plus icon to create a new workspace.

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Cycle Through Open Windows

Cycle Through Open Windows

To cycle through the open windows press ALT+TAB.

To cycle back the other way press ​SHIFT+ALT+TAB.

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Open the Run Dialog

Run A Command

Press ALT+F2 to bring up the run dialog.

When the dialog appears you can enter the name of a script or program you wish to run.

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Troubleshooting Cinnamon

Troubleshooting Cinnamon

Press the super key (Windows key) and L to bring up the troubleshooting panel.

There are six tabs:

  1. Results
  2. Inspect
  3. Memory
  4. Windows
  5. Extensions
  6. Log

The best place to start is the log, as it will provide information on any errors that you may be receiving.

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Maximize a Window

Maximise A Window

You can maximize a window by pressing ALT+F10.

You can revert it back to its previous size by pressing ALT+F10 again.

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Unmaximize a Window

UnMaximise A Window

If a window is maximized you can make it unmaximized by pressing ALT+F5.

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Close a Window

You can close a window by pressing ALT+F4.

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Move a Window

Move A Window

You can move a window around by pressing ALT+F7. This will pick up the window, which you can then drag around with your mouse.

Click the left mouse button to put it down.

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Show the Desktop

Show The Desktop

If you want to see the desktop, press the super key+D

To return to the window you were looking at previously, press the super key+D again.

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Show the Window Menu

Show Window Menu

You can bring up the window menu for an application by pressing ALT+SPACE

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Resize a Window

Resize A Window

If the window is not maximized, you can resize it by pressing ALT+F8.

Drag with the mouse up and down, left and right to resize the window.

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Tile a Window to the Left

Tile A Window To The Left

To push the current window to the left side of the screen, press the super key+left arrow.

To snap it to the left press CTRL, super, and the left arrow key.

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Tile a Window to the Right

Tile Window To The Right

To push the current window to the right side of the screen, press the super key+right arrow.

To snap it to the right press CTRL, super, and the right arrow key.

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Tile a Window to the Top

Snap To The Top

To push the current window to the top of the screen, press the super key+up arrow.

To snap it to the top press CTRL+super key+the up arrow.

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Tile a Window to the Bottom

Snap That Window Down

To push the current window to the bottom of the screen, press the super key+the down arrow.

To snap it to the left, press CTRL+super key+the down arrow.

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Move a Window to a Workspace to the Left

If the application you are using is on a workspace that has a workspace to the left of it, you can press SHIFT+CTRL+ALT+the left arrow to move it to the workspace to the left.

Press the left arrow more than once to move it left again.

For instance, if you are on workspace 3, you can move the application to workspace 1 by pressing SHIFT+CTRL+ALT+left arrow+left arrow.

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Move a Window to a Workspace to the Right

You can move a window to a workspace to the right by pressing SHIFT+CTRL+ALT+right arrow.

Keep pressing the right arrow until the application lands on the workspace you want it on.

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Move a Window to the Left Monitor

If you use more than one monitor, you can move the application you are using to the first monitor by pressing SHIFT+super key+left arrow.

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Move a Window to the Right

You can move a window to the monitor on the right by pressing SHIFT+super key+right arrow.

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Move a Window to the Top Monitor

If your monitors are stacked, you can move the window to the top monitor by pressing SHIFT+super key+up arrow.

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Move a Window to the Bottom Monitor

If your monitors are stacked, you can move the window to the bottom by pressing SHIFT+super key+down arrow.

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Move to the Workspace to the Left

Move To The Left Workspace

To move to the workspace to the left press the CTRL+ALT+left arrow.

Press the left arrow key multiple times to keep moving left.

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Move to the Workspace to the Right

Move To The Right Workspace

To move to the workspace to the right, press the CTRL+ALT+right arrow.

Press the right arrow key multiple times to keep moving right.

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Log Out

Log out of the system

To log out of the system, press CTRL+ALT+Delete.

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Shut Down the System

To shut down the system, press CTRL+ALT+End.

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Lock the Screen

Lock The Screen

To lock the screen, press CTRL+ALT+L.

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Restart the Cinnamon Desktop

If Cinnamon isn't behaving for whatever reason, then before restarting Linux Mint and before looking at the troubleshooting guides why not try pressing CTRL+ALT+Escape to see if it fixes your issue.

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Take a Screenshot

Take A Screenshot

To take a screenshot, simply press PRTSC (print screen key).

To take a screenshot and copy it to the clipboard press CTRL+PRTSC.

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Take a Screenshot of Part of the Screen

Rectangular Screenshot

You can take a screenshot of a section of the screen by pressing SHIFT+PRTSC (print screen key).

A little crosshair will appear. Click the top left corner of the area you wish to grab and drag down and right to create the rectangle.

Click the left mouse button to finish taking the screenshot.

If you hold the CTRL+SHIFT+PRTSC, the rectangle will be copied to the clipboard. You can then paste it into LibreOffice or a graphics application like GIMP.

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Take A Screenshot of a Window

Screenshot A Window

To take a screenshot of an individual window, press ALT+PRTSC (print screen key).

To take a screenshot of a window and copy it to he clipboard press CTRL+ALT+PRTSC.

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Record the Desktop

To make a video recording of the desktop press SHIFT+CTRL+ALT+R.

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Open a Terminal Window

Open A Terminal

To open a terminal window press CTRL+ALT+T.

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Open the File Explorer to Your Home Folder

Open File Manager

If you want to open a file manager to display your home folder, press the super key+E.

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