There is a similar question: How to associate the Fedora Start menu with the Windows keyboard?

but it's for KDE 4. Can someone post equivalent steps for GNOME?


For Fedora 14 and prior (Gnome 2.x), you can run the following from a terminal:

gconftool-2 --set /apps/metacity/global_keybindings/panel_main_menu --type string "Super_L"

This will set the left Windows key to launch the Applications menu.

If you prefer a GUI: Applications -> System Tools -> Configuration Editor. (This isn't usually installed by default, so you may have to yum install gconf-editor.) Browse to /apps/metacity/global_keybindings/, and set Super_L as the value of panel_main_menu.

Super_L is the left Windows key, Super_R is the right Windows key.

More info on the Super key here


Fedora uses GNOME 3 since version 15.

With GNOME 3, the closest to a "Start menu" is the "Activities overview".

The default keyboard shortcut is ALT+F1, which can be overridden in System Settings:

System settings → Keyboard → Shortcuts → System → "Show the activities overview".

With older versions of Fedora (GNOME 2), the same (default) keyboard shortcut brings up the "Applications" menu, but it can not be overridden.

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