I've started using the Gnome 3 packages that just came through the Debian testing repositories, and encountered a problem.

Hitting the Super/Meta/Windows key would not open "Activities" menu. Other shortcuts (like Alt+Tab, etc.) work as expected.

Can you help me find the reason (and a solution)?


Wild guess: Could you have remapped it? That is, does it show up as Super_L (or possibly Super_R) when you press the key with window focus in xev?

Edit: Also check your logs, probably ~/.xsession-errors.

Edit: There are lots of bug reports concerning gnome-shell and Super.

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  • xev says KeyPress event, serial 32, synthetic NO, window 0x3200001, root 0xb0, subw 0x0, time 192228, (267,145), root:(269,266), state 0x0, keycode 133 (keysym 0xffe7, Meta_L), same_screen YES, XLookupString gives 0 bytes: XmbLookupString gives 0 bytes: XFilterEvent returns: False when I press Super – Marcel Nov 10 '11 at 21:58
  • oh, ~/.xsession-errors says: Error: Meta_L added to symbol map for multiple modifiers Using Mod4, ignoring Mod1. Error: Key <META> added to map for multiple modifiers Using Mod4, ignoring Mod1. – Marcel Nov 10 '11 at 22:15

Finally I found the reason and a solution:

In Settings > Region and Language > Layouts > Options there is an option "Behaviour of Alt/Windows-Key". For some reason this was not on "Default" per default (hope you get me).

After I put this option to "Default", everything works as expected.

Thank you!

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Keep in mind that you may need to reassign your key if using another emulator such as VirtualBox as it defaults to the left as the hot key also.

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