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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?

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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

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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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