My super key swapped randomly with the alt key. For example, when I click super key nothing happens, but when I click alt, the shortcuts help pops up.To close a window I need to click super+f4. In keyboard settings, everything is configured correctly.

I've tried to add setxbkmap -option altwin:swap_alt_win to startup, and it works until i change windows with alt+tab. Can anyone help? It is very annoying.

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You can try this

setxkbmap -option altwin:swap_lalt_lwin

See the difference? lalt = left alt, ralt = right alt. The same with lwin and rwin.

To restore default

setxkbmap -option
  • It solved my problem but I still wonder why the keys swapped. Thanks! Commented Jun 11, 2020 at 13:12
  • Honestly I do not know. I never experienced such behavior.
    – Sysadmin
    Commented Jun 11, 2020 at 13:16

In a multi-mode keyboard, there's a button to swap from Win to Mac layouts (Win/Mac).

  • In Win's, the Super key is to the left of the Alt.
  • In Mac's, the Alt (Option) key is to left of the Super (Command).

These keys are swapped in the design of actual keyboards, so probably you've changed this configuration by accident.

Solution: Look up how to change from one layout to another in the manual of your multi-mode keyboard.

In my case, I was using a RAPOO 8050T and reverted back to Win's by pressing Fn+Ins. Now Super and Alt are mapped to the correct keys.

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