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Learning Unity Keyboard Shortcuts

Using a mouse is intuitive because of the direct interaction between your hand, your eyes, and the cursor, but for repeated actions, keyboard shortcuts enable you to work (and play) faster. No need to take the time to pick up your hand, move it to a different spot on the desk, use the mouse, click something, move your hand back to the keyboard to type a few letters, go back to the mouse to click something else, and so on. The more you can do from one place, the more efficient your actions will be. Here is a list of things you can do with Unity without moving your hands away from the keyboard. Of course, you don’t have to do things this way, but power users love to save time and energy, even if it means spending a little more time up front learning how; in the long term, the savings add up.

The Super key is used for several of the shortcuts. It is sometimes known as the Windows key. In the following tables, it is simply called Super.

Table 4-2 lists keyboard shortcuts related to using the Launcher.

Table 4-2 Launcher Shortcuts

Key Combination


Super (long press)

Open Launcher, display shortcuts


Switch applications via the Launcher

Super-# (1–9)

Same as clicking on a Launcher icon

Super-Shift-# (1–9)

Open a new window for the same application


Open Trash


Table 4-3 lists keyboard shortcuts related to using the Dash.

Table 4-3 Dash Shortcuts

Key Combination


Super (quick tap)

Open the Dash home


Open the Dash App Lens


Open the Dash Files Lens


Open the Dash Music Lens


Switch between Lenses

Cursor keys

Move the focus

Enter & Return

Open the item that currently has focus


Table 4-4 lists keyboard shortcuts related to switching between applications.

Table 4-4 Switching Shortcuts

Key Combination



Switch between applications


Hold Alt and press ` to switch between windows of current application

Cursor left or right

Move the focus within lists or images of applications when switching or in a menu


Table 4-5 lists keyboard shortcuts related to windows and managing them.

Table 4-5 Windows Management Shortcuts

Key Combination



Spread all windows in the current workspace


Minimize all windows

Super-Cursor up

Maximize the current window

Super-Cursor down

Restore or minimize current window

Super-Cursor left or right

Semi-maximize current window


Close current window


Open window accessibility menu


Place window in corresponding positions on the screen

Alt-Left mouse drag

Move window

Alt-Middle mouse drag

Resize window

Ctrl-Alt-Numpad 7

Place window in top left corner of screen; pressing a second time does nothing

Ctrl-Alt-Numpad 8

Place window in top half of screen; pressing a second time does nothing

Ctrl-Alt-Numpad 9

Place window in top right corner of screen; pressing a second time does nothing

Ctrl-Alt-Numpad 4

Place window on the left side of the screen in semi-maximized state (it is important that the window is actually semi-maximized, not just the same size and position as a semi-maximized window); pressing a second time does nothing

Ctrl-Alt-Numpad 5

Maximize window; if window is already maximized, pressing this key combo restores the window to the same size, shape, and position as before it was maximized

Ctrl-Alt-Numpad 6

Place window on the right side of the screen (it is important that the window is actually semi-maximized, not just the same size and position as a semi-maximized window); pressing a second time does nothing

Ctrl-Alt-Numpad 1

Place window in the bottom left corner of the screen; pressing a second time does nothing

Ctrl-Alt-Numpad 2

Place window in the bottom half of the screen; pressing a second time does nothing

Ctrl-Alt-Numpad 3

Place window in the bottom right corner of the screen; pressing a second time does nothing

Ctrl-Alt-Numpad 0

Minimize window; if window is already minimized, pressing this key combo restores the window to the same size, shape, and position as before it was minimized


Table 4-6 lists keyboard shortcuts related to using workspaces.

Table 4-6 Workspace Shortcuts

Key Combination



Spread workspaces

Super-Ctrl-Cursor Keys

Switch workspaces

Super-Alt-Cursor Keys

Move focused window to different workspace


Table 4-7 lists keyboard shortcuts that don’t fit in any of the previous categories.

Table 4-7 Other Shortcuts

Key Combination



Lock screen


Display an overlay image of the main keyboard shortcuts for Unity

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