I want to remove the functionality of Alt+F1 in Gnome Shell. I've tried poking around gconf-editor and dconf-editor, as well as the normal Keyboard settings (super → "keyboard" → click Keyboard), but couldn't find anything. I also wasn't able to find anything when I searched on Google. How can I do this?

  • Please accept an answer (with the green tick button) rather than putting "resolved" in the title. May 26, 2017 at 18:05
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  • Ah. Got it. Since the "solution" was essentially "wait for upsteam to 'fix' it", I didn't think that warrented it's own answer, but I'll do that.
    – Nero gris
    May 27, 2017 at 18:53

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In Gnome 41, I also had to do

gsettings set org.gnome.shell.extensions.apps-menu apps-menu-toggle-menu "[]"

(or you can modify the key using the dconf-editor UI)


That's one of the wm keybindings - you can change it via dconf-editor if you navigate to
org / gnome / desktop / wm / keybindings:

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and select/click on panel-main-menu:

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You can also do that in CLI via dconf or gsettings e.g.

To get the current keybindings:

gsettings get org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings panel-main-menu
['<Super>s', '<Alt>F1']

To set different keybindings use the same syntax - it's an array of quoted strings, separated by a comma and a space, everything enclosed in double quotes:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings panel-main-menu "['<Super>s']"
  • That's really weird. I went to that spot in dconf-editor, but the "panel-main-menu" entry only had Super listed. Alt+F1 wasn't there, like it is in your screenshot.
    – Nero gris
    Apr 23, 2017 at 17:49
  • @Nerogris - not sure what your gnome version is but the <ALT>F1 combo has been there for at least four years now... Apr 23, 2017 at 19:40

Not much of an answer, but I was told that posting the answer in the question post is unacceptable.

Pretty much the solution was "it started working as expected". That is to say the "super → "keyboard" → click Keyboard"" thing I tried before, which failed due to the required option being absent previously, succeeded because the required option was now present.

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