Is there a list anywhere of the keyboard shortcuts in Raspbian? There's nothing obvious in the documentation that I've found. I've established that Cmd+r opens starts 'run' and Cmd+e opens an explorer window. Are there any others?

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    Perhaps one of the more important ones I've found is Alt+Space+M, which allows you to move the current window with the arrow keys... Then hit Enter when finished. Also, Windows + D is to show/hide the desktop. – Andrew Oct 23 '17 at 5:05
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    I agree - Alt+Space shows the window options menu which has all the useful commands. Remember to press <enter> after doing a move/resize from it. Also, there's another command for making the active window full-screen, Alt+F11, which doesn't appear to be listed in the openbox (window manager) options file (see answer below). – Edward Nov 22 '17 at 22:04

Assuming that you are using LXDE, the default desktop, you are actually runnig openbox as the window manager.

grep -A 1 \<keybind /etc/xdg/openbox/rc.xml will give you the default ones.

~/.config/openbox/rc.xml contains your shortcuts if it exists.

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  • With Linux raspberrypi 3.18.11-v7+ the file is: /home/pi/.config/openbox/lxde-pi-rc.xml – AjayKumarBasuthkar May 15 '16 at 12:48
  • echo "grep -A 1 \<keybind /etc/xdg/openbox/rc.xml" > ShowShortcuts .................... then do: . ShowShortcuts – Andrew Oct 23 '17 at 5:08
  • A useful answer, thanks. It's important to remember that C,S,A and W in the keyboard shortcuts means the Control, Shift, Alt and Windows (meta) keys. Also, adding a space and | less to the echo string in @Andrew 's command would make it easier to read and work when the script file is opened in a new terminal. – Edward Nov 22 '17 at 21:19
  • Before finding this, I was using terminal with the xdotool command. The tool simulates keyboard/mouse activity and changes windows using the X11 window system. I know that on Raspbian GNU/Linux, there are some general shortcuts like F10, Control+Tab, Control+Alt+F1-F8 but I hadn't found the LXDE desktop window manager (openbox) ones. – Edward Nov 22 '17 at 21:37
  • (longer) code to create executable script file that opens in terminal: echo -e '#\!/bin/bash\n# C-ontrol,S-hift,A-lt,W-indows\n# Show Raspbian LXDE desktop keyboard shortcuts (openbox window manager).\n# From a command found on the page <https://raspberrypi.stackexchange.com/questions/9344/raspbian-keyboard-shortcuts>.\ngrep -A 1 \<keybind /etc/xdg/openbox/rc.xml | less' > ~/show_desktop_key_shortcuts.sh; chmod +x ~/show_desktop_key_shortcuts.sh – Edward Nov 22 '17 at 22:53

The configuration file is the lxde-pi-rc.xml that contains different keybind keys. Just add one that you want in this file following the examples.

I found the lxde-pi-rc.xml but in my case it was in a different path: /etc/xdg/openbox/lxde-pi-rc.xml

I guess that in the recent versions they changed the path.

I hope it can help you.

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