I am on Antergos with GNOME 3.24.3.

Pressing the Super key (Windows key) opens this Activities menu/view that I don't want to use:

Activities menu

Pressing the Super + A keys opens the menu that I want to open with just the Super key:

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I have attempted to set this myself by using dconf-editor to set the Activities menu to the Alt_R key (a key I never use) and the Show All Applications menu to the Super key.

(The keybinding for the Activities menu is under /org/gnome/mutter/overlay-key. The keybinding for the Show All Applications menu is under /org/gnome/shell/keybindings/toggle-application-view.)

However, pressing Super or Super + A does nothing now.

How can I make this all work?


I configured those keys directly through Settings -> Devices -> Keyboard on Ubuntu 17.10. Under "System" section you have "Show the overview" which you can disable (by pressing backspace). And for "Show all applications" you can configure then Super.

  • Doesn't work on 18.04. I disabled that option but it still comes up when I hit the super key. Very very very annoying – James Klein Jan 10 at 21:01
  • Strange, works for me. – Mitar Jan 11 at 1:13
  • I thought it might have to do with the fact that I'm using a wireless keyboard but the native one doesn't work either. It's a bit glitchy on a few settings – James Klein Jan 12 at 1:21
  • This doesn't work on Manjaro Gnome, i had to use gsettings manually instead, following unix.stackexchange.com/a/518458/54172 answer. – erm3nda Aug 9 at 0:18

I had the same problem on Ubuntu 17.10 and I had to install the following extension to make it work:


Works like a charm! :)


Not sure why you couldn't get it working with those dconf settings. This works for me (in Ubuntu 18.04):

gsettings set org.gnome.mutter overlay-key ''
gsettings set org.gnome.shell.keybindings toggle-application-view "['Super_L']"

For me, running Elementary OS, the below command worked:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings panel-main-menu "['Super_L']"

In my case I needed to figure out which key was mapped to the physical super key.

  1. Launch Settings -> Region & Language.
  2. Click on the Input Sources list and choose a language (in my case it was English).
  3. Click on the little "keyboard" button in the right corner of the window and launch "Show keyboard layout".
  4. Click Super button and figure out that it's mapped to Super_R
  5. Run gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings panel-main-menu "['Super_R']"

All good now!

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    I Click "Super_L" button in the layout and nothing happends, but just using "Super_R" instead of "Super_L" make it work. Great! – erm3nda Aug 9 at 0:17
  • @erm3nda you can launch tweaks and flip Super_L to Super_R as well (goto Keyboard & Mouse -> Overview Shortcut) – Asalle Aug 9 at 8:58
  • As far as i remember, the keyboard shortcuts do only accept a combination of keys, so i was not able to just set it to "Super_L" or "Super_R" as is. That's why i ended up using gsettings. – erm3nda Aug 10 at 22:00
  • it's not the standard keyboard shortcuts app, it's the tweaks app (wiki.gnome.org/Apps/Tweaks). It basically is the graphical way to set some gsettings – Asalle Aug 12 at 7:20

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