Linux: Xfce Keyboard Shortcuts

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

The following are the default Xfce keys. (latest public Xfce version as of )

The config file is at ~/.config/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml/xfce4-keyboard-shortcuts.xml

Window Manipulation Keys

Alt+Spacewindow operations menu
EscapeDismiss/cancel dialog
Alt+TabSwitch to next window. With Shift for previous.
Super+Tabnext window of current app.
Alt+F4Close window
Alt+F7Move window
Alt+F8Resize window
Alt+F9Hide window
Alt+F10Maximize window
Alt+Shift+Page Up】 【Alt+Shift+Page DownRaise/lower window
Alt+F11Toggle fullscreen
Alt+F12Toggle above
Ctrl+Alt+dshow desktop

Move Window to Workspace (virtual screen)

Alt+F6stick window (show in all workspace)
Ctrl+Alt+Endmove window to next workspace
Ctrl+Alt+Homemove window to previous workspace
Ctrl+Alt+numpad 1Move window to workspace 1
Ctrl+Alt+numpad 2Move window to workspace 2

Switching Workspace

Ctrl+Alt+】 【Ctrl+Alt+Next/Previous workspace
Ctrl+Alt+upper workspace
Ctrl+Alt+bottom workspace
Ctrl+Alt+left workspace
Ctrl+Alt+right workspace
Ctrl+F1goto workspace 1
Ctrl+F2goto workspace 2
Alt+InsertAdd a workspace
Alt+⌦ DeleteDelete last workspace
Ctrl+Alt+⌦ DeleteLock the screen


Super+p】 【XF86Displayxfce4-display-settings --minimal
Ctrl+EscapeShow Context Menu. xfdesktop --menu
Ctrl+Alt+⌦ Deletelock screen. xflock4
Alt+F2Start prompt to run command. xfrun4

How to Change Keys

You can change the keys in Settings control panel. Launch it by xfce4-settings-manager.

xfce window manager keys panel 2017 02 04
xfce window manager keys panel 2017-02-04.
xfce keyboard setting panel 2017 02 04
xfce keyboard setting panel, default keys. 2017-02-04

Mouse Wheel

You can set mouse so that hover will activate the window (put focus on it and bring it to front). Set in the Window Manager preference pane.

Tip: One Workspace

To make it simpler, set workspace to just 1, and turn off all keys about workspace. And just define a few, single-key, function keys, to close window or switch to your most frequently used app. Example:

For how to switch to a app, see: How to Set Key to Switch to Browser.

See also:

Linux Shell Basics

  1. Get System Info
  2. Shell Basics
  3. grep, cat, awk, uniq
  4. sort
  5. find, xargs
  6. diff Files/Dir
  7. dir size: du
  8. dir tree
  9. tar gzip bzip2 xz 7zip rar zip
  10. wget, curl, GET, HEAD
  11. rsync
  12. Install Packages

Sys Admin

  1. Job Control
  2. ps
  3. top
  4. htop
  5. RAM stat
  6. Users and Groups
  7. File Permission
  8. Opened Files: lsof
  9. shutdown, sleep


  1. Bash Keys, Terminal Keys, Man Page Keys
  2. Bash Prompt Setup
  3. Bash Color Prompt
  4. .bashrc, .profile, .bash_profile
  5. Virtual Console
  6. Terminal Control Sequence Keys
  7. Reset Terminal
  8. tmux
  9. man page
  10. Bash Manual in Chapters
  11. BASH Shell Misc Tips
  12. Log Terminal Session

Linux Desktop

  1. Most Useful GUI Apps
  2. Set Default App
  3. Shell Commands for GUI Apps
  4. Image Viewers
  5. Music Players
  6. Move File to Trash by Command
  7. X11 Selection and Clipboard
  8. How to Switch to LXDE, Xfce
  9. LXDE Keyboard Shortcuts
  10. LXDE/Openbox, Change Keyboard Shortcuts
  11. LXDE Set Key Repeat Rate
  12. LXDE/OpenBox, Disable Mouse Scroll Wheel Hide Window
  13. Xfce Keyboard Shortcuts
  14. Xfce Good Themes
  15. xmonad Keybinding
  16. How to Restart X11
  17. Why Tiling Window Manager Sucks
  18. Standard Fonts
  19. How to Install Font

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