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I've just started using Linux Mint 15 with Cinnamon 1.8.8 at work and when I press Alt+F1 the display zoom out and displays the workspace switcher.

How can I disable this shortcut? I removed the keyboard shortcuts in System settings → Keyboard → Keyboard Shortcuts that seemed relevant but with no effect. Then I removed all of them, but of course still no effect.

Update The accepted answer worked for Mint 15. After upgrading to Mint 16 I also had to use dconf-editor as described by maosmurf below.

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Maybe you need to log out and in again to change it effectively. –  Herman Torjussen Nov 7 '13 at 9:50
    
Tried to log out and back in. The Alt-F1 keybinding is still there. –  Jörgen Lundberg Nov 7 '13 at 10:00
    
You can possibly remove the keybinding by first running xev, then pressing Alt+F1, and then look at section keycode in the output. Then run the command: xmodmap -e "keycode # = """, where # is the keycode. –  Risto Salminen Nov 7 '13 at 12:06
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On my system (Cinnamon 1.8.8 on Linux Mint Debian Edition) I can disable it in the Gnome control center. Open a terminal and run gnome-control-center:

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Go into keyboard => Shortcuts and select the System section on the left:

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Now, change the shortcut for "Show the activities overview" click on it and then press Backspace to disable it.


It may be possible to do the same on Linux Mint 15 by going into cinnamon-control-center but that is not available on the Debian edition so I can't check.

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I installed gnome-control-center with apt-get and it worked fine. Thanks! Strange that the Cinnamon settings doesn't show the "Show the activities overview" setting. –  Jörgen Lundberg Nov 13 '13 at 14:45
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Under Linux Mint 16 "Petra" Cinnamon, I had a similar problem. Removing the Keyboard shortcuts under gnome-control-center and cinnamon-control-center had no effect. Solution that worked for me:

  • run dconf-editor
  • navigate to org.cinnamon.muffin.keybindings
  • for panel-main-menu, replace ['<Alt>F1'] with []
  • logout & login

(props to Nick Fortescue @ Superuser)

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After upgrading to Mint 16, I had to do this too. Thanks. –  Jörgen Lundberg Dec 6 '13 at 7:30
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