Alt-f1 is a poor choice for initiating keyboard launcher navigation

Bug #740479 reported by Alex Launi on 2011-03-22
This bug affects 4 people
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Ayatana Design
unity (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Alt-f1 seems like an arbitrary choice for the keyboard shortcut to begin launcher keynav. Much more natural would be something involving super. We already have hold super to show the launcher, this could be made very natural if when the launcher was in the held-super-quick-launch mode, pressing the down arrow key would begin the keyboard navigation. The rest would continue as currently implemented.

Alex Launi (alexlauni) on 2011-03-22
Changed in unity:
status: New → Incomplete
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
tags: added: needs-design

Alt + F1 was originally chosen to be compatible with gnome-panel and accessing the main menu/applications menu. I am happy to read the thoughts of others, but I would like to preserve this keyboard shortcut for any keyboard user moving from classic GNOME over to unity.

+1 for compatibility for users migrating to Unity in Natty. I'm also
open to a Super-based shortcut, to which we can migrate people.

Paul Sladen (sladen) wrote :

I believe that the MS WIndows' equivalent would be Ctrl-Esc.

Lukáš Machyán (phobulos) wrote :

I would like to have possibility to switch windows using Super + something. Super + arrows isn't bad, I even tried it intuitively if this works. However Super + Tab and Super + Shift + Tab for switching forward and backward could be good too, because you can use only one hand if you have only one Super key on notebook keyboard. I think this combination have similar function in Windows XP. Same combination is used in Shift Switcher in Compiz but this module is turned off by default anyway.

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