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Ubuntu 11.04 ‘Natty Narwhal’ will be released in another 8 days or so. We have followed the development of Ubuntu 11.04 very closely. In fact, we have reviewed all the previous developmental releases of Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal so far including Alpha 1, Alpha 2, Alpha 3 and Beta 1 releases. In my opinion, the overall Ubuntu 11.04 experience is so much better and involving if you know some essential Ubuntu Unity keyboard and Mouse shortcuts. So here are a bunch of very basic yet useful Ubuntu 11.04(Unity) keyboard shortcuts.

Ubuntu Unity Shortcuts
Super Key(Windows Key) – Opens dash.
Hold Super Key – Invokes Launcher.
Hold Super Key and hit 1, 2, 3 etc – Open an Application from Launcher. When you hold the Super Key, specific numbers will be displayed in order above each application.
Alt + F1 – Put keyboard focus on the Launcher, use arrow keys to navigate, Enter launches the application, Right arrow exposes the quicklists if an application has them.
Alt + F2 – Opens dash in special mode to run any commands.
Super + A – Opens up application window from launcher.
Super + F – Opens up files and folders window from launcher. Both these shortcuts can be viewed by simply holding the Super Key as well.
Super + W – Spread mode, zoom out on all windows in all workspaces.
Super + D – Minimize all windows(acts as Show Desktop). Hitting it again restores them.
Super + T – Opens trash can.
Super + S – Expo mode (for everything), zooms out on all the workspaces and let’s you manage windows.
Ctrl + Alt + T – Launch Terminal.
Ctrl + Alt + L – Lock Screen.
Ctrl + Alt + Left/Right/Up/Down – Move to new workspace.
Ctrl + Alt + Shift + Left/Right/Up/Down – Place window to a new workspace.
F10 – Open the first menu on top panel, use arrows keys to browse across the menus.

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April 28th, 2011

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