Preventing the Meta key from opening the dash in Unity Ubuntu

Everytime I install Ubuntu on a fresh computer and try to define custom keybindings that use the meta (ie. Windows) key, I run into issues.

The Ubuntu UI uses the meta key to open what they call the "Dash". I never use it and want my meta key back to define my own keybindings.

There is no way to disable it from the default Ubuntu options. You have to install compizconfig-settings-manager and launch it using ccsm. There, go to the Ubuntu Unity Plugin and disable the "Key to show the launcher" binding.

You will now be free to use the meta key in your keybindings, again.


Tags : #ubuntu #unity #meta #compiz #ccsm

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