One of things I like in Windows is that in almost every app I can press Alt, and app's main menu becomes focused. Unfortunately this doesn't work in MATE. (I use Linux Mint 13, if that matters).

I know that I can press Alt+<letter> (say, Alt+F to open "File" menu in most apps), but, first of all, not all of apps have English menus (I'm Russian, and some apps have a Russian UI), and Alt+<non_english_letter> doesn't work. And second, I have some global shortcuts Alt+<letter>, and these shortcuts of course override the application menu selection.

Simple Alt focusing first menu item is just great.

How can I achieve the same behavior here?

  • Note that this was inherited from Gnome 2. Pressing alt also does not activate the window menu on Gnome 2.32.1 so the problem is not MATE specific.
    – Dan D.
    Mar 16 '14 at 7:49


Select Edit from Menu bar --> Keyboard Shortcuts

Uncheck "Enable menu access keys (such as Alt+F to open the File menu)"

This will give back the general terminal shortcuts we use with Alt key.

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