Libre Office

Is it just me or does the Alt key not bring up the menubar in LibreOffice? e.g. in AbiWord alt+f gives the file menu, Alt+e gives the edit menu etc., same on VLC and every other program? Is there a fix for this?

Are you talking about Ubuntu 11.04 ? … and have you tried to see if the key combo’s work if you select a GNOME session rather than Unity ?

I’m wondering if it’s something to do with the Unity keyboard shortcuts ? … as they work fine in 10.10.

Yup, this is purely in 11.04, unity - so I’m guessing it’s an issue with unity’s ‘globalmenu’ thingimajig

OK… If I’m reading this correctly, it seems that to access the “first” menu on the “Global Menu”, you need to hit F10 … then use the arrow keys to select the others… Esc closes the menu without choosing anything.

Unity Keyboard and Mouse Shortcuts Wallpaper
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Unity Keyboard and Mouse Shortcuts


  • Super (press) - Invoke the Launcher.

  • Super+1 or 2 or 3 and so on until 0 - Open or focus an application.

  • Super+Sift+1 or 2 or 3 and so on until 0 - Open a new instance of an already running application.

  • Super+T - Open the rubbish bin.

  • Alt+F1 - Put keyboard focus on the Launcher.

  • Alt+F2 - Invoke the Dash in a “special mode” to run a command.

  • Ctrl+Alt+T - Launch a terminal window.

  • Super+A - Opens the Application lens.

  • Super+F - Opens the Files & Folders lens.


  • Super (tap) - A tap opens the Dash

  • Alt+F2 - Invoke the Dash in “run command” mode.


  • F10 - Open the first menu on the panel (then use the Arrow keys to navigate the menu’s)

  • Esc - Close the menu without selecting anything

Window Placement
If you cycle through the same key Unity will cycle through different placement widths, so experiment by hitting the numkey multiple times, for example Ctrl-Alt-numpad 5 5 5:

  • Ctrl+Alt+Numpad 7 - Place window in top left corner of screen.

  • Ctrl+Alt+Numpad 8 - Place window in top half of screen.

  • Ctrl+Alt+Numpad 9 - Place window in top right corner of screen.

  • Ctrl+Alt+Numpad 4 - Place window on the left side of the screen.

  • Ctrl+Alt+Numpad 5 - Center/Maximize the window in the middle of the screen.

  • Ctrl+Alt+Numpad 6 - Place window on the right side of the screen.

  • Ctrl+Alt+Numpad 1 - Place window in the bottom left corner of the screen.

  • Ctrl+Alt+Numpad 2 - Place window in the bottom half of the screen.

  • Ctrl+Alt+Numpad 3 - Place window in the bottom right corner of the screen.

  • Ctrl-Alt-Numpad 0 - Maximize window.

Window Management

  • Super+W - Spread mode, zoom out on all windows in all workspaces.

  • Super+? - Spread mode, zoom out on all windows in current workspace.

  • Super+D - Minimize all windows; hitting it again restores them.

Workspace Management

  • Super+S - Expo mode, zooms out on all the workspaces and let’s you manage windows.

  • Shift+Alt+Up - Expo mode for all windows in the current workspace.

  • Ctrl+Alt+Left /Right /Up /Down - Change to a new workspace.

  • Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Left /Right /Up /Down - Places window to a new workspace.

Mouse Tricks

  • Maximizing - Dragging a window to the top panel will maximize it.

  • Middle click on Maximize - Maximize Window Vertically.

  • Left click on Maximize - Maximize Window Horizontally

  • Tiling - Dragging a Window to the left/right border will auto tile it to that side of the screen.

  • Restoring - Dragging the top panel down on a maximized window will restore it to its original size.

  • Middle click on an application’s launcher icon - Open a new instance of the application in a new window. If the application isn’t running it will just open it normally.

  • Middle click on the top panel (but not the menu) - send the current window behind all other windows.

  • Middle click on Maximize - Maximize Window Vertically.

  • Right click on Maximize - Maximize Window Horizontally.

Original source -

yes, F10 works fine, but with other apps alt also does the trick - is there a workaround for that, as I habitually hit alt?

Can you check to see if you have lo-menubar installed ?

This is the package that ties Libre Office to the Global menu… so I’m guessing uninstalling it will remove global menu support, giving Libre Office it’s own menu bar back.

I could be wrong though, and at present have no way of testing this.

You should be able to reinstall it though if things go wrong.

That package wasn’t installed in the 11.04 betas… it was present in the repos, but not installed.

I’ve got that installed, but I did find this: Things To Tweak / Fix After Installing Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal ~ Web Upd8: Ubuntu / Linux blog
Near the top is a bit about lo-menubar, and it says that it’s faulty now and then. I guess I’ve got that :frowning:
Nevermind, still better on the global menu for me :slight_smile: