Using Linux mint 16, with XFCE as desktop environment. I have a problem removing the default keyboard shortcut (Super_L), for opening the Whisker menu.

The shortcut shows up in Application shortcuts, in the keyboard settings.Though, as shown in the image below, I am not able to remove it by clicking remove - nothing happens.


I have also tried modifying ~/.config/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml/xfce4-keyboard-shortcuts.xml to no avail. I can not seem to find an entry for the xfce4-whiskermenu-plugin.

Even uninstalling the Whisker menu does not work.

So my question is, how do I stop the Whisker menu from hijacking my Windows/Super_L key? I want to bind this key to another application launcher.

  • Have you tried reset to defaults? Of course you'd need then to recreate the other shortcuts.
    – landroni
    Feb 26, 2014 at 16:56
  • Reset to defaults seems to clear the shortcuts at first. Though after reopening the keyboard settings, everything is back, including the Super_L shortcut. Feb 26, 2014 at 20:52
  • A shot in the dark: Have you tried logging-in/-out? And a Reset to defaults in between?
    – landroni
    Feb 26, 2014 at 21:00
  • I am very curious about the theme you are using here. By the way, updating /usr/share/mint-configuration-xfce/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml/xfce4-keyboard-shortcuts.xml, as per @Stepan's answer works. Thank you.
    – ivan-k
    Nov 13, 2014 at 20:19
  • @Manbroski that would be the Uncomplicated theme. Nov 14, 2014 at 21:25

3 Answers 3


You have to edit as a root /usr/share/mint-configuration-xfce/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml/xfce4-keyboard-shortcuts.xml and comment out or delete this tag:

<property name="Super_L" type="string" value="xfce4-popup-whiskermenu"/>

Then logout and login.

  • I also had to delete the Super_L line in /home/USER/.config/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml/xfce4-keyboard-shortcuts.xml to get this solution to work.
    – whitewings
    Oct 25, 2014 at 0:31

I've had the same problem in Linux Mint 17 XFCE, and the only solution I've found so far was to:

  • Uninstall xfce4-whiskermenu-plugin
  • Log out
  • Reinstall xfce4-whiskermenu-plugin <-- this step is vital!

The entry with Super L will still show up in the Application shortcut window, but it is actually disabled.

I hope it works for you too.

  • Thanks for the tip. It was not needed on Linux mint 17.2 XFCE edition. There, I found that the Super_L shortcut does appear in the keyboard shortcut list, can be removed and has the intended effect, permanently. Nov 4, 2015 at 18:01

I had similar problem. Actually I couldn't even change my shortcuts from the Window Manager -> Keyboard. The settings didn't save after I close the Window Manager. My solution was to remove (or just move) the Linux Mint's shortcut settings:

mv /usr/share/mint-configuration-xfce/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml/xfce4-keyboard-shortcuts.xml{,.BAK}

and work with only the default XFCE keyboard shortcut configurations:


Note: You must log out in order changes to take effect.

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