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I am running Linux Mint 14 with Cinnamon. Currently Alt + F1 opens the 'Expo' mode, showing all workspaces.

I would simply like to unbind/disable this shortcut. Where can I do this? I have searched through the standard keyboard shortcuts in the Cinnamon settings as well as in gconf-editor, to no avail.

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With Cinnamon 2.0.2 on Ubuntu 12.04 the solutions posted so far do not work. In the settings under Keyboard Shortcuts > Cinnamon > Toggle Expo all bindings are "unassigned". In gsettings/gconf-editor I have set all occurrences of "panel-main-menu" to "[]". No value at all exists for "<Alt>F1". What the heck? I have been using this shortcut on each working day in the last ten years many times a day! –  Stephen Friedrich Oct 21 '13 at 15:52
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Under Linux Mint 16 "Petra" Cinnamon, I had a similar problem. Removing the Keyboard shortcuts under gnome-control-center and cinnamon-control-center had no effect. Solution that worked for me:

  • run dconf-editor
  • navigate to org.cinnamon.muffin.keybindings
  • for panel-main-menu, replace ['<Alt>F1'] with []
  • logout & login

(props to Nick Fortescue @ Superuser and michael-schaller @ github )

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Do you know when I can find Control+F2? I want to remove it too. Thanks. –  Kostanos Jan 16 at 0:18
What is CTRL+F2? Did you mean ALT-F2? –  maosmurf Jan 16 at 13:17
no, I need to remove CTRL+F2 :) –  Kostanos Jan 16 at 18:42
what does CTRL-F2 do for you? –  maosmurf Jan 16 at 19:14
It opens the small window on the right with title "Enter a command to launch" –  Kostanos Feb 6 at 0:07
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To free Alt+F1 run:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings panel-main-menu "[]"

To revert back run:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings panel-main-menu "['<Alt>F1']"

A logout might be necessary to activate these settings...

I got these from a colleague, whose source was Ask Ubuntu. He adds: "This is for Gnome3 but also applies to Muffin (Cinnamon's window manager) as it is a fork of Mutter (Gnome3's window manager)."

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It is possible to do this via gconf-editor.

Look under apps->metacity->global_keybindings, Metacity being the GTK2 Window Manager. There should be an item panel_main_menu; double click to set its value to something other than <Alt>F1 or leave it blank to remove the binding altogether.

(This works on Mint 13 with Cinnamon, I can only assume it'll work on Mint 14 as well.)

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Above solutions worked for me for some time, but since last system upgrade (Arch linux), the metacity package has been replaced with muffin (if I undersetand correctly..), so if this stopped working for you too, try searching those keybindings inside path: org.cinnamon.muffin.keybindings instead of org.gnome....

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