Keyboard accelerators for window menus aren't implemented

Bug #1710421 reported by Alan Pope 🍺🐧🐱 πŸ¦„ on 2017-08-12
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This bug affects 4 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
GNOME Shell
Confirmed
Low
gnome-shell (Ubuntu)
Medium
Unassigned

Bug Description

Other desktop systems including Microsoft Windows and Unity have accelerator keys in the window menu. This is typically accessible via ALT_Space on any window, then pressing a key to initiate the desired function.

Typically Alt_Space can be used to bring up the menu, then use x to maximise a window, n to minimise a window, etc. GNOME Shell does not implement these accelerator keys, which seems inconsistent with other desktops, and internally inconsistent, as other menus in GNOME applications _do_ have accelerator keys.

It would be great for people coming to GNOME Shell should be able to use the familiar keyboard shortcuts they're used to.

As far as I can test (as far back as 16.04) this has always been the case.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 17.10
Package: gnome-shell 3.24.3-0ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.11.0-13.19-generic 4.11.12
Uname: Linux 4.11.0-13-generic x86_64
NonfreeKernelModules: zfs zunicode zavl zcommon znvpair
ApportVersion: 2.20.6-0ubuntu5
Architecture: amd64
CurrentDesktop: GNOME
Date: Sat Aug 12 22:49:46 2017
DisplayManager: gdm3
InstallationDate: Installed on 2017-08-02 (10 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 17.10 "Artful Aardvark" - Alpha amd64 (20170712)
SourcePackage: gnome-shell
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

JNICH0L (jnich0l) wrote :

Not only is this functionality useful, it is part of many people's workflows, and is expected at this point.

Jeremy Bicha (jbicha) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. The issue you are reporting is an upstream one and it would be nice if somebody having it could send the bug to the developers of the software by following the instructions at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Bugs/Upstream/GNOME. If you have done so, please tell us the number of the upstream bug (or the link), so we can add a bugwatch that will inform us about its status. Thanks in advance.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in gnome-shell (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
tags: added: a11y
tags: added: gnome-17.10
Changed in gnome-shell:
importance: Unknown → Low
status: Unknown → Confirmed
Changed in gnome-shell (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
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