Appendix F Hotkeys Shortcuts

Hotkeys, also known as keyboard shortcuts, allow users to easily navigate, start applications, and change settings like resizing windows. These are useful as they create a smooth and time efficient user experience. It would benefit users to take a few minutes to learn some of these shortcuts.

Lubuntu has manages the keyboard shortcuts using two layers. Namely, LXQt Global Keys and Openbox.


Global-keys (lxqt-globalkeysd) is a component of the LXQt environment. Global-keys takes preference over Openbox keyboard shortcuts. Global keys are viewed, (dis)enabled and managed using Shortcut keys (Chapter 3.2.14).

Openbox keyboard shortcuts

Openbox keyboard shortcuts is the second layer managing keyboard shortcuts. It is preferred for windows management like resizing. To change these settings see this link on the openbox wiki bindings


Global-keys will take preference over openbox bindings. If a key is used in Global-keys, it will not work in Openbox keyboard shortcuts. For example if the W(indows) key opens the LXQT application menu (equivalent of the windows start menu) in Global-keys, Openbox commands like window resizing (W + arrow keys) will not work correctly. Keep this in mind when using and editing keyboard shortcuts.

The table below shows Lubuntu’s default Openbox keyboard shortcuts:

Modifier keys

Key description

S Shift key
C Control key
A Alt key
W Super key (Usually bound to the Windows key on keyboards which have one)
M Meta key
H Hyper key (If it is bound to something)

Keybindings for desktop switching

GoToLeftDesktop C-A-Left
GoToRightDesktop C-A-Right
GoToDesktop C-A-Up
GoToDesktop C-A-Down
SendToDesktoaToLeft S-A-Left
SendToDesktopToRight S-A-Right
SendToDesktop S-A-Up
SendToDesktop S-A-Down

Keybindings for windows

Close A-F4
Lower (minimize) A-Escape
ShowMenu A-space

Keybindings for window switching

NextWindow A-Tab
PreviousWindow A-S-Tab
NextWindow C-A-Tab

Keybindings for window switching with the arrow keys

DirectionalCycleWindows W-S-Right
DirectionalCycleWindows W-S-Left
DirectionalCycleWindows W-S-Up
DirectionalCycleWindows W-S-Down

Keybindings to toggle fullscreen

ToggleFullscreen F11
Launch lxqt-runner W-r
Open Panel Menu W

Launch task manager on Ctrl + Alt + Del

Open qps C-A-Delete

Launch a terminal on Ctrl + Alt + T

Open qterminal C-A-T
Launch firefox XF86WWW
Open qterminal XF86Terminal

Keybinding for computer button

Open pcmanfm-qt XF86MyComputer

Keybinding for backlight

Toggle turn off monitor C-F7
Decrease backlight brightness C-S-F6
Increase backlight brightness C-S-F7

Keybindings fo Volume

Decrease Volume XF86VolumeLower
Increase Volume XF86VolumeRaise
Mute Volume XF86AudioMute