Ade Malsasa Akbar contact
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Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 22:10

Here's quick notes about enabling Windows key for start menu on two different systems: Xubuntu (XFCE) and Trisquel (MATE). This key is located between your Ctrl and Alt keys, and beside that, also called Super or Meta key on GNU/Linux. However, you can run these on other GNU/Linux distros which use respective desktop environments. Happy working!

Xubuntu (XFCE Desktop)

  • Go to System Settings > Keyboard > Shortcuts.
  • Choose xfce4-popup-whiskermenu.
  • Double-click it.
  • Press Win key (Super key).
  • Close.
  • Go ahead.

 (XFCE 4.14 with Super key enabled)

Other distros known with XFCE:
  • Ubuntu Studio
  • Mint XFCE 
  • MX
  • Debian Live XFCE
  • Fedora Spin XFCE
  • openSUSE Tumbleweed XFCE

Trisquel (MATE Desktop)

  • Go to MATE Tweak > Interface.
  • Save current layout.
  • Change it to Redmond layout.
  • Enable advanced menu.
  • Close.
  • Go ahead.

(Trisquel 8.0 with Super key enabled)

Other distros known with MATE:
  • Ubuntu MATE
  • Mint MATE
  • Debian Live MATE
  • Fedora Spin MATE
  • Manjaro MATE


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