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.


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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