Linux: Xfce Keyboard Shortcuts ⌨

By Xah Lee. Date: ,

The following are the default Xfce keys. (Xfce version 4.8, as of )

Window Manipulation Keys

Alt+Spacewindow operations menu
EscDismiss/cancel dialog
Alt+Tab ↹Switch to next window. With ⇧ Shift for previous.
❖ Super+Tab ↹next window of current app.
Alt+F4Close window
Alt+F7Move window
Alt+F8Resize window
Alt+F9Hide window
Alt+F10Maximize window
Alt+⇧ Shift+⇞ Page △】 【Alt+⇧ Shift+⇟ Page ▽Raise/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+EscShow 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 keyboard setting panel 2013-06-01
xfce keyboard setting panel

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: Keyboard Tip: One Key to Switch to {Firefox, Emacs, Terminal}.

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