I used the command below to enable the Super Key Menu.

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings panel-main-menu "['Super_L', 'Super_R']"

Command Source: Can I change the Applications Dropdown shortcut to Super not Alt+F2?

I want to know, if I can use the Super Key to hide the Menu after calling it. Currently, I need to use Esc.

  • This is explicitly not supported because the super key is used as a system-wide modifier. For instance, you can use super and an arrow key to navigate workspaces or enter the multi-tasking view. See this comment.
    – Lewis Goddard
    Commented Nov 22, 2015 at 13:54
  • Unfortunately, this is a known bug with slingshot in that its close modifier is hardcoded. You can find more information and +1 here bugs.launchpad.net/slingshot/+bug/1507524
    – Lewis Goddard
    Commented Nov 29, 2015 at 0:56
  • Ok, thank you. I didn't find that before.
    – Babbzzz
    Commented Nov 30, 2015 at 7:50

2 Answers 2


You can use Super + space to open and hide the menu too.


This is not possible as for now. The developers are also clear about not being interested on supporting custom key bindings.

  • I'm not sure that's entirely true, if we didn't want to allow custom shortcuts, we'd hardcode them, not give you a nice settings pane to change them all.
    – Lewis Goddard
    Commented Nov 29, 2015 at 0:55
  • @LewisGoddard - Super-Space is hardcoded: elementaryos.stackexchange.com/a/486/170
    – user170
    Commented Nov 29, 2016 at 10:34
  • I am aware, I awarded that answer a bounty, but that single shortcut is only hard-coded for technical reasons. There is a bug filed somewhere about changing that.
    – Lewis Goddard
    Commented Nov 29, 2016 at 11:44

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