There are tutorials all over the web on how to set various functionalities to activate on a keyboard shortcut, but so far I'm unable to figure out how to un-set a keyboard shortcut. That is, how do I set a keyboard shortcut to disabled once I've already set it to something else?

For example, say I want to change the keyboard shortcut for "Launch Terminal". I go into System Settings, select Keyboard > Shortcuts and under Launchers, next to Launch Terminal I click on the word Disabled which then changes to New shortcut. I hit Ctrl+t or something like that and now the shortcut is set.

How now do I change it back to Disabled?

  • It would be far easier to answer this question if you explain what mechanism you used to set the shortcut. As it is, I could guess at least a half dozen different ways you might have done it. – msw Mar 14 '12 at 3:42
  • I've updated the question with more detail to that effect. I hope that helps. – Daniel Quinn Mar 14 '12 at 7:42

Is this (similar to) what you see?

GNOME Shell Keyboard Shortcuts

If so, try clicking on the activated keybinding (e.g. "Ctrl+Alt+T" in the screenshot1) and press Backspace to clear it (as mentioned at the bottom of the window)

(No idea how to remove a disabled shortcut, gconf-editor maybe?)

(1) which I snitched from this blog

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    Wow, I feel dumb. Honestly, I tried everything to un-set that save reading the fine print at the bottom :-/ – Daniel Quinn Mar 14 '12 at 16:15
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    @DanielQuinn it happens to us all at some point ;) – msw Mar 14 '12 at 18:48
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    @msw: This is just what I was about to say... :) – sr_ Mar 14 '12 at 20:08
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    @DanielQuinn I got into that dialogue and also didn't see the instruction to hit Backspace; so I had to google this answer. You're a hero for asking the question. – Marcin Jan 29 '14 at 22:57
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    gnome 3.22 has no textual hint anymore. would never make it without this answer... – Emmanuel Touzery Jun 8 '17 at 6:22

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