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I use gnome-do a lot and usually I summon it using [Super] + [Space]. It works just fine on my desktop PC (Linux Mint 11) but on my new ThinkPad T420 (Linux Mint 13) it didn't work that well. I had to either tap super or space twice to open the gnome-do popup. I quickly realized that this was happening due to the keyboard shortcut for menu (super / windows button). I don't need the menu shortcut for anything.

I already checked in Preferences -> Keyboard -> Shortcuts but there was no such setting as "Menu" or "Start menu" or anything like that. Where can I disable the keyboard shortcut for menu?

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  1. Go to System Settings
  2. "Locales" (I think it's called that way, but I am note sure since I use a german version of Cinnamon)
  3. "Layouts"
  4. Select your keyboard layout and click on "Options" on the right
  5. "Alt/Win key behavior"
  6. Change it from Default to "Hyper is mapped to Win-keys"

After performing these steps on Arch Linux with Cinnamon 1.4UP3-1, I was able to use Gnome Do again.

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Awesome! That did the trick. I went Menu -> Preferences -> Keyboard -> Layout Settings and then steps 4-6. After that I had to log out and in to get it work. –  miq Jun 26 '12 at 6:41
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Here is a solution that doesn't require fiddling with system settings. Tested on Mint 14 MATE, but should work on Cinnamon too.

  1. Right-click on Menu icon on bottom left of desktop
  2. Click "Preferences"
  3. In the initial "Main button" tab, click in the field to the right of "Keyboard shortcut"
  4. Press a new hotkey combo (I chose ctrl+win+space)

Voila - there are now hotkeys for the menu as well as Gnome Do.

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On Cinnamon on Linux Mint 13 (Maya) the "Active the window menu" shortcut (bound by default to Alt+Space) is under Menu -> Preferences -> Keyboard -> Shortcuts. Just click the relevant row to edit or disable the binding.

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Thanks but I meant the Menu in the lower left corner (the "Start" menu), not the window context menu. –  miq Aug 3 '12 at 13:13
    
And can anyone tell me what symbols are recognized here? I managed to remove the old binding, but cannot get it to recognize any new one. –  Luke H Nov 19 '12 at 3:56
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