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+Space
Window operations menu
Escape
Dismiss/cancel dialog
Alt+Tab
Switch to next window. With Shift for previous.
Super+Tab
Next window of current app.
Alt+F4
Close window
Alt+F7
Move window
Alt+F8
Resize window
Alt+F9
Hide window
Alt+F10
Maximize window
Alt+Shift+PageUp Alt+Shift+PageDown
Raise/lower window
Alt+F11
Toggle fullscreen
Alt+F12
Toggle above
Ctrl+Alt+d
Show desktop

Move Window to Workspace (virtual screen)

Alt+F6
Stick window (show in all workspace)
Ctrl+Alt+End
Move window to next workspace
Ctrl+Alt+Home
Move window to previous workspace
Ctrl+Alt+numpad 1
Move window to workspace 1
Ctrl+Alt+numpad 2
Move 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+F1
Goto workspace 1
Ctrl+F2
Goto workspace 2
Alt+Insert
Add a workspace
Alt+Delete ⌦
Delete last workspace
Ctrl+Alt+Delete ⌦
Lock the screen

Misc

Super+p XF86Display
xfce4-display-settings --minimal
Ctrl+Escape
Show Context Menu. xfdesktop --menu
Ctrl+Alt+Delete ⌦
Lock screen. xflock4
Alt+F2
Start prompt to run command. xfrun4

How to Change Keys

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

Window Manager panel
Keys related to general manipulation of windows and virtual screen.
Keyboard panel
Keys related to launching app, etc.
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:

F5
Switch to last window
F6
Cycle window
F7
Cycle window within a app
F8
Close window
F9
Switch to Firefox
F10
Switch to emacs
F11
Switch to terminal

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

See also:

Linux Keybinding Howto

Mouse

Linux Desktop keys