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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 behaviour"
  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
Downvoted because this is not what is asked: it is not a matter of changing the mapping of Hyper to Win-keys, but a matter of avoiding the Hyper key (or the Win-keys) to be used in the shortcuts. The end result might be the same, but the process is not. In my case I do not want to change the behavior of the Hyper key, but I do want to avoid it opening the menu. – jeckyll2hide Jul 29 '14 at 12:33
The settings dialog can be started by running "cinnamon-settings". Then Hardware, Keyboard (or type keyboard in the search), keyboard layouts, Options button (bottom right corner), then step 5 and 6. – basic6 Dec 15 '14 at 16:10
Can this be done programmatically? – gonzobrains Dec 25 '14 at 1:29

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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At list in Linux Mint 17 “Qiana” - Xfce (64-bit), that does not work: the default shortcut gets added again – jeckyll2hide Jul 29 '14 at 12:30
Works for Cinnamon 2.4.5. This should be the accepted answer. – Jonas Wielicki Feb 3 '15 at 8:37
@JonasWielicki The question was asked in 2012. There wasn't even Cinnamon 2.0 back then. I now have Cinnamon 2.0.14 and this answer doesn't seem to apply to it. – miq Feb 3 '15 at 14:55
It seems to apply to 2.4.5. That is the version number my cinnamon reports in System Info. I’m on Fedora 21 fwiw and the answer applies for me. – Jonas Wielicki Feb 4 '15 at 12:20

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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