KDE Plasma Desktop keyboard shortcuts

KDE Plasma Desktop  

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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 + F7

Present Windows of current application only

Ctrl + F12

Show Desktop

Ctrl + Alt + A

Activate Window Demanding Attention

Alt + Tab

Walk through windows

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 +

Pan Up

♦ Meta + Q

Manage Activities

♦ Meta + Tab

Next Activity

Ctrl + F1

Switch to Desktop 1

Ctrl + F4

Switch to Desktop 4

Ctrl + F12

Show Desktop

  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 + Shift + Page Down

Shut Down 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: 12/26/2019 6:24 AM UTC

How easy to press shortcuts: 62%

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Shortcut count: 72

Platform detected: Windows or Linux

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What is your favorite KDE Plasma Desktop hotkey? Do you have any useful tips for it? Let other users know below.


Guest OP says : 15 months ago 1/1/2023 12:30 PM
A keyboard shortcut to activate entries in the clipboard history would be useful for me.

Guest OP says : 3 years ago 5/5/2021 8:30 PM
How to minimize/maximize/restore window like in MS Windows Alt+space+m(maximize) Alt_space+n(minimize) Alt+space+R(restore window)

Guest says in reply to Guest : 3 years ago 5/29/2021 12:22 PM
For minimizing: Meta + Pg Down
For maximizing: Meta + Pg Up

With Meta + D, I minimize and restore all windows. However, I do not remember if this is a default KDE shortcut or my own. You can set your own shortcut, look for the action Minimize All Windows, do not confuse it with Show Desktop.

Guest OP says in reply to Guest : 3 years ago 5/29/2021 3:13 PM
Meta+PgDn. Meta+PgUp did not minimize/maximize it just shift window to bottom/top side of screen. Like snapping window to bottom or top.