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. 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

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