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I'm using Linux Mint 15. I'm using the keyboard shortcut "Super_L" to open the Mint menu of the Mate desktop.

Now I want to use for example the shortcut "Super_L+1" to open a terminal window. I went to Menu->Control Center->Keyboard Shortcuts and assigned the proper key combination to "Open a terminal window". It shows up as "Mod4+1".

Having done that, pressing "Super_L+1" has this strange behavior: 1st press: opens mint menu 2nd press: opens terminal 3rd press: opens mint menu ...

The shortcut works every other key press which is very annoying. Is there a way to reliably use such shortcuts?

I only found this thread which mentions the same issue but doesn't give a working solution http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=55&t=31550

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I don't think you can do that. What I've done is mapped the Menu key (the one that opens context menus) to open the Mint menu. I don't use that key anyways, and you can always use Shift + F10 to get the same effect.

Then I was able to map key shortcuts with the Windows (Super) key without a problem.

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I haven't found any better answer either so I'll accept yours. It's too bad though there's no other way! –  bernie Nov 30 '13 at 4:55

This problem was annoying me as well. I never use the Super key for the start menu, anyway, and opening a terminal is much more important to me. I solved the annoyance by opening the following file:

/usr/share/mint-configuration-xfce/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml/xfce4-keyboard-shortcuts.xml

It contains the following line:

<property name="Super_L" type="string" value="xfce4-popup-whiskermenu"/>

I changed it as follows:

<property name="&lt;Super&gt;m" type="string" value="xfce4-popup-whiskermenu"/>

And added another line underneath:

<property name="&lt;Super&gt;t" type="string" value="xfce4-terminal"/>

(Don't forget to restart the operating system after making the changes.)

Now I can still open the start menu if I want to via Super+M, but the Super key does not interfere with Super+T anymore. (If you don't need a shortcut for the start menu at all, just remove the entire line.)

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