Keyboard shortcuts to indicators

Bug #892900 reported by Audun Wangen on 2011-11-20
This bug affects 3 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ayatana Design
unity (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

There is no way to directly access the menus in the panel, like the power, network, sound and me menus using a keyboard. Like the Dock and application menus I expected the panel to be accessible without using a mouse.

I'm using Ubuntu 11.10 and Unity 4.24.0-0ubuntu2b1.

Posted this at Ubuntu Brainstorm and Ubuntu Answers as well. Ref: and

You can use F10 to open the menu. If you press left, the session indicator get focus. I don't think the indicators deserve a special keyboard shortcut.

Changed in unity:
status: New → Incomplete
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
tags: added: needs-design
summary: - Keyboard shortcuts to panel menus
+ Keyboard shortcuts to indicators
description: updated
Audun Wangen (audun-wangen) wrote :

You are right, Marco! That really helps a lot.

I knew about the shortcut, but never considered that the application menu shortcut could be used to access indicators. Indicators are a completely different thing, so on my part it does deserve a special keyboard shortcut. F10 definately makes it usable though.

TomasHnyk (sup) wrote :

On the other hand, some people would find it usefull - especially for messaging menu, that gets lots of traffic and interaction at least on my system.

Andrea Azzarone (azzar1) wrote :

Closing as alt+f10 does the job. If you want to focus directly the indicators (not the menus) there is no such shortcut. Closing.

no longer affects: unity
Changed in ayatana-design:
status: New → Invalid
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Invalid
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