The Complete List Of Linux Mint 18 Keyboard Shortcuts For Cinnamon

Introduction

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

1
Toggle Scale - List All Applications On Current Workspace (CTRL, ALT, DOWN)

Toggle Through Open Windows
Toggle Through Open Windows.

Press CTRL. ALT and 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.

2
Toggle Expo - List All Applications On All Workspaces (CTRL, ALT, UP)

Toggle Expo
Show All Items On All Workspaces.

Press CTRL, ALT and 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.

3
Cycle Through Open Windows (ALT, TAB) (SHIFT, ALT, TAB)

Cycle Through Open Windows
Cycle Through Open Windows.

To cycle through the open windows press ALT and TAB.

To cycle back the other way press SHIFT, ALT and TAB.

4
Open The Run Dialog (ALT, F2)

Run A Command
Run A Command.

Press ALT and 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.

5
Troubleshooting Cinnamon (SUPER, L)

Troubleshooting Cinnamon
Troubleshooting Cinnamon.

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

There are 6 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.

6
Maximise A Window (ALT, F10)

Maximise A Window
Maximise A Window.

If a window is not maximised you can maximise it by pressing ALT and F10. You can revert it back to its previous state by pressing ALT and F10 again.

7
UnMaximise A Window (ALT, F5)

UnMaximise A Window
UnMaximise A Window.

If a window is maximised you can make it unmaximised by pressing ALT and F5.

8
Close A Window (ALT, F4)

You can close a window by pressing ALT and F4

9
Move A Window (ALT, F7)

Move A Window
Move A Window.

You can move a window around by pressing ALT and F7 at the same time.

Drag around with your mouse and then click the left mouse button to put it down.

10
Show The Desktop (SUPER, D)

Show The Desktop
Show The Desktop.

If you want to see the desktop you can press the super key and D

To return to the window you were looking at previously press super and D again.

11
Show The Window Menu (ALT, SPACE)

Show Window Menu
Show Window Menu.

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

12
Resize A Window (ALT, F8)

Resize A Window
Resize A Window.

If the window isn't maximised you can resize it by pressing ALT and F8.

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

13
Tile A Window To The Left (SUPER, LEFT) (CTRL, SUPER, LEFT)

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 and the left arrow key.

 

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

14
Tile A Window To The Right (SUPER, RIGHT) (CTRL, SUPER, RIGHT)

Tile 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 and the right arrow key.

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

15
Tile A Window To The Top (Super, UP) (CTRL, SUPER, UP)

Snap To The Top
Snap To The Top.

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

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

16
Tile A Window To The Bottom (SUPER, DOWN) (CTRL, SUPER, DOWN)

Snap That Window Down
Snap That Window Down.

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

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

17
Move A Window To A Workspace To The Left (SHIFT, CTRL, ALT, 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 and LEFT to move it to the workspace to the left.

Press the left arrow key 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 and LEFT LEFT.

18
Move A Window To A Worksapce To The Right (SHIFT, CTRL, ALT, RIGHT)

You can move a window to a workspace to the right by pressing SHIFT, CTRL, ALT and RIGHT.

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

19
Move A Window To The Left Monitor (SHIFT, SUPER, LEFT)

If you are lucky enough to have more than one monitor you can move the application you are using to the first monitor by pressing shift, super and the left arrow key.

20
Move A Window To The Right (SHIFT, SUPER, RIGHT)

You can move a window to the monitor on the right by pressing shift, super and the right arrrow key.

21
Move A Window To The Top Monitor (SHIFT, SUPER, UP)

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

22
Move A Window To The Bottom Monitor (SHIFT, SUPER, DOWN)

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

23
Move To The Workspace To The Left (CTRL ALT, LEFT)

Move To The Left Workspace
Move To The Left Workspace.

To move to the workspace to the left press the CTRL, ALT and left arrow key.

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

24
Move To The Workspace To The Right (CTRL, ALT, RIGHT)

Move To The Right Workspace
Move To The Right Workspace.

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

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

25
Log Out (CTRL, ALT, DELETE)

Log out of the system
Log out of the system.

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

26
Shut Down The System (CTRL, ALT, END)

To shut down the system press CTRL, ALT and the END key.

27
Lock The Screen (CTRL, ALT, L)

Lock The Screen
Lock The Screen.

To lock the screen press CTRL, ALT and the L key.

28
Restart The Cinnamon Desktop (CTRL, ALT, ESCAPE)

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 and Escape to see if it fixes your issue.

29
Take A Screenshot Of Part Of The Screen (SHIFT, PRTSC) (CTRL, SHIFT, PRTSC)

Rectangular Screenshot
Rectangular Screenshot.

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

A little cross hair 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 key along with the SHIFT and PRTSC keys the rectangle will be copied to the clipboard. You can then paste it into LibreOffice or a graphics application like GIMP.

30
Take A Screenshot (PRTSC) (CTRL, PRTSC)

Take A Screenshot
Take A Screenshot.

To take a screenshot all you need to do is press the print screen key (PRTSC)

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

31
Take A Screenshot Of A Window (ALT, PRTSC) (CTRL, ALT, PRTSC)

Screenshot A Window
Screenshot A Window.

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

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

32
Record The Desktop (SHIFT, CTRL, ALT, R)

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

Whilst this is an ok option I prefer to use a tool such as Vokoscreen.

33
Open A Terminal Window (CTRL, ALT, T)

Open A Terminal
Open A Terminal.

To open a terminal window press CTRL, ALT and T.

34
Open The File Explorer At Your Home Folder (SUPER, E)

Open File Manager
Open File Manager.

If you want to open a file manager you can do so by pressing the super and E key.

This will show your home folder.

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