KDE Plasma Desktop keyboard shortcuts

KDE Plasma Desktop

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- Shortcuts

These shortcuts will allow you to use your KDE desktop without touching the mouse. These are only shortcuts for KDE, other applications have their own shortcuts. Be sure to check their shortcuts for a detailed listing. Note: The Meta key listed in some shortcuts is a generic name. On Windows keyboards, this is usually Windows key with a Windows logo. On keyboards designed for UNIX systems, this key is really known as the Meta key and is typically labeled with a diamond: ◆. On Mac computers, this is Command key with a Apple logo or ⌘ symbol.

Ctrl + Q


Ctrl + Esc

System Activity

Ctrl + Alt + Esc

Force Quit

Alt + Space

Run Command Interface

or Alt + F2
Alt + F4


Ctrl + F10

Present Windows

Ctrl + F9

Present Windows on current desktop

Ctrl + F7

Present Windows of current application only

Ctrl + F12

Show Desktop

Ctrl + Alt + A

Activate Window Demanding Attention

Alt + ⭾ Tab

Walk through windows

Alt + ↑   Shift + ⭾ Tab

Walk through windows (Reverse)

Alt + F3

Open the Window Operations menu

Meta + Alt +

Switch to Window Above

Meta + Alt +

Switch to Window Below

Meta + Alt +

Switch to Window to the Left

Meta + Alt +

Switch to Window to the Right

KDE Plasma Workspaces allows you to zoom in and out and move your entire desktop around, therefore you can zoom in even when the application you are using doesn't support it.
Meta + =

Zoom In

Meta + -

Zoom Out

Meta + 0

Zoom Normal

Meta +

Pan Up

Meta +

Pan Down

Meta +

Pan left

Meta +

Pan Right

Meta + Q

Manage Activities

or Alt + D then Alt + A
Meta + ⭾ Tab

Next Activity

Meta + ↑   Shift + ⭾ Tab

Previous Activity

Ctrl + F1

Switch to Desktop 1

Ctrl + F2

Switch to Desktop 2

Ctrl + F3

Switch to Desktop 3

Ctrl + F4

Switch to Desktop 4

Alt + D then A

Add Widgets

Alt + D then R

Remove this Widget

Alt + D then L

Lock/Unlock Widgets

Alt + D then S

Widget Settings

Ctrl + F12

Show Desktop

Alt + D then T

Run the Associated Application

Alt + D then Alt + S

Desktop Settings



↑   Shift + F1

What's This?



Ctrl + A

Select All

Ctrl + Z


Ctrl + ↑   Shift + Z


Ctrl + X


Ctrl + C


Ctrl + V


Ctrl + N


Ctrl + P


Ctrl + S


Ctrl + F


Ctrl + W

Close Document/Tab

Ctrl + Z


Ctrl + X


Ctrl + C


Ctrl + V


Ctrl + A

Select All

Ctrl + L

Replace Location

Ctrl + ↑   Shift + A

Invert Selection

Alt +


Alt +


Alt +

Up (to folder that contains this one)

Alt + Home

Home Folder


Move to Trash

↑   Shift + Del

Delete Permanently

  In addition to the standard keys, many computer keyboards and laptops nowadays have special keys or buttons to change the speaker volume, as well as the brightness of your monitor if applicable. If present, you can use these keys in the KDE Plasma Workspaces to perform those tasks.
Ctrl + Alt + L

Lock Screen

Ctrl + Alt + Del


Ctrl + Alt + ↑   Shift + Del

Logout without confirmation

Ctrl + Alt + Shift + Page Down

Shut Down without confirmation

Ctrl + Alt + Shift + Page Up

Reboot without confirmation

Source: docs.kde.org

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Program information

Program name: KDE Plasma Desktop KDE Plasma Desktop (System tools)

KDE Plasma is desktop environment developed by KDE mainly for Linux operating systems.

Web page: kde.org/plasma-desktop

Last update: 26 Dec 2019

How easy to press shortcuts: 62%

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Shortcut count: 72

Platform detected: Windows or Linux (not macOS)

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