On Windows, I can create keyboard shortcuts that launch a program by linking to the program or command and adding a shortcut to the link — here's the how-to I follow.

Anyway, how can I set the same up on elementary OS?


First, open system settings and click keyboard:

Chose Custom, in the sidebar

Click the + button

Enter your command

Click "Disabled", then press your chosen shortcut and it will show up:

Finally, you have to log out and back in for the short cuts to be active.

  • “you have to log out and back in for the short cuts to be active” Huh, that's surprising. It shouldn't be the case, normally shortcuts are activated immediately. Jul 10 '15 at 11:59
  • @Gilles Yeah, I was surprised too but: imgur.com/04iDClZ. Ubuntu doesn't require it either strangely.
    – user3
    Jul 10 '15 at 12:11
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    Yes, i can confirm that i need to logout and re-login to take effect .. Jul 12 '15 at 12:06
  • In Juno distro. Re-login are not anylonger required. ;)
    – Yoarthur
    Mar 7 '19 at 1:27

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