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My question is simple: How do I access the contextual menu from my keyboard inside gnome 3? I've seen other answers reffering to a menu key or button but not all laptops come with that button, mine doesn't. The situation is this: I press home button, dash expands, i press ctrl + alt + tab, I can now browse the left bar with my favorites, then I wish I could open the context menu from here to get the "add to favorites", "open new window", etc, options.

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If your keyboard lacks the Menu key, the equivalent key combination is Shift+F10.

  • @don_crissti The Spacebar (and Enter) trick only works with gnome-terminal and files. I looked up for Shift + F10 keybinding but didn't find it. I assume it is sort of hardcoded and can't be remapped. – Mario Gil Sep 26 '15 at 16:49
  • Also, something happened. Now, whenever I press Enter or Spacebar (even if theres no open window of the application) GNOME opens a (inaccesible) contextual menu instead of launching the program. I have to press Esc and Shift + F10 to get an accessible contxt menu and actually launch the program. – Mario Gil Sep 26 '15 at 18:00
  • @GilLázaro - yes, Shift+F10 is hard-coded. As to your other comment, it's either a bug in gnome-shell or I'm missing something (it randomly happens on my side too... nothing reproducible though) – don_crissti Sep 26 '15 at 19:09
  • @GilLázaro - dash context menu now works with both Menu key and Shift+F10 in gnome 3.18; paulequilibrio - pressing the spacebar/enter key now launches the selected app, just so you know. – don_crissti Nov 27 '15 at 23:19

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