Linux: xmonad Keybinding

By Xah Lee. Date:

This page gives a intro on using xmonad. xmonad is a Linux app that automatically arrange your windows without gaps. To install, see: Linux: How to Install New Window Manager.

When logging in, you may have a choice of {xmonad, xmonad-gnome}. The gnome one will have the screen menu at top and app menu at bottom.

xmonad keys

launching app

• 【Alt+Shift+Enter】 to launch a terminal.

• 【Alt+p】 to launch dmenu. For example: 【Alt+p fir】 to launch Firefox.

• “dmenu” is a GUI app for dynamic menu, designed for keyboard input. (this is independent of xmonad)

Switch Focus

• {【Alt+j】, 【Alt+k】} to move focus among windows. Or, hover mouse on a window.

• {【Alt+Shift+j】, 【Alt+Shift+k】} swap neighboring windows.

Arranging Window

• 【Alt+Space】 to re-arrange windows. (by default, you can cycle among 3 types of arrangement: full screen, tall, wide.)

Resize Window

Float Window

Closing Windows

• 【Alt+Shift+c】 to close/kill a window.


• 【Alt+4】 to switch to 4th workspace. There are 9 total.

• 【Alt+Shift+4】 to put current window to the 4th workspace.



Linux Desktop

  1. How to Switch to LXDE, Xfce
  2. LXDE Keyboard Shortcuts
  3. LXDE/Openbox, Change Keyboard Shortcuts
  4. LXDE Set Key Repeat Rate
  5. LXDE/OpenBox, Disable Mouse Scroll Wheel Hide Window
  6. Xfce Keyboard Shortcuts
  7. Xfce Good Themes
  8. xmonad Keybinding
  9. Why Tiling Window Manager Sucks
  10. Set Default App
  11. Shell Commands for GUI Apps
  12. Image Viewers
  13. Move File to Trash by Command

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