I want to disable the menu in Linux-Mint which is showing when you press ALT+1. I can't even capture the screen when the menu is showing so I've attached a photo. I tried everything and I didn't find the answer how to disable it. Any sugestions?

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The solution posted below by @tohuwawohu works perfect on Linux Mint 15 and 16, but doesn't work on my computer with Mint 13 (Maya). I'm still looking for a way to disable the menu.

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Open exactly that menu -> System -> Preferences -> Keyboard Shortcuts -> Desktop -> Show the panel's main menu and use backspace to delete the shortcut (or assign any other shortcut).

  • It's very strange. I have ALT+F1 not ALT+1 assigned to this action on my ultrabook. The problem occurs on the computer at work, so if removal this action will help I will definitely accept your answer. On my ultrabook this problem doesn't occur so I'm unable to test it at the moment.
    – tomrozb
    Jan 4, 2014 at 17:24
  • Sorry but I cannot accept this answer. Maybe in most cases it will work, but I have the "Show the panel's main menu" set as "Disabled" but the ALT+1 shortcut still triggers the menu. Any idea how to solve this? I'm using Linux Mint Maya 13.
    – tomrozb
    Jan 10, 2014 at 9:58
  • @toro: I'm sorry that the proposed solution doesn't help - i will try to set up a VM with Maya this weekend. Please tell me which desktop (Mate, KDE, Xfce, Cinnamon) you're using.
    – tohuwawohu
    Jan 10, 2014 at 10:30
  • I'm using Mate.
    – tomrozb
    Jan 10, 2014 at 16:18
  • You could try mateconf-editor to search the config. Menu Edit -> Find or CTRL+F will open the search dialogue. Search for the String <Alt>1 (with Search also in key values selected) to find all keybindings involving ALT+1. HTH!
    – tohuwawohu
    Jan 10, 2014 at 19:28

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