System usability centralization through the Super-key.

I would like to bring you an idea about empowering the Super key much more. I see that many shortcuts could be centered on it.

Today we have several shortcuts with the Super key and that’s very good, but I wonder if you couldn’t create an entire ecosystem through it?

Exchange alt + F4 for Super + Q (Quit) for example.

Create more “human” shortcuts like Super + H (Hide).

  • Super + N (Notifications)
  • Super + M (Maximize)

Thanks for the beautiful work. I would like to leave that idea. :slight_smile:


This is an interesting idea, but it seems hard to make fair internationally — would all of the mnemonics be based on English words?

We generally use “quit” to mean “quit/exit the app”. That’s interchangeable with alt+f4 for single-window apps, but not for multi-window ones.

Those are already taken:

  • super+m: open the calendar drop-down (“messages”)
  • super+n: expands and focuses the currently displayed notification

There was an initiative to make all (most) system shortcuts super-based, but that was pretty much completed years and ago.

Do you have an concrete suggestions for shortcuts that don’t exist yet, or ones that you’d like to see changed (although changing existing shortcuts always bears some risk of alienating existing users)?

Most shortcuts are already based on english words. Ctrl+R to refresh, Ctrl+C to copy, Ctrl+Q to quit, Ctrl+T to open a new tab, Ctrl+P to print, Ctrl+O to Open, ctrl+S to save etc.

Mnemonics otoh are translated - but these aren’t mnemonics.

I’ve been using Super+W for closign windows - it’s super convenient given my keyboard doesn’t have persistent F keys, but also I’ve also definitely triggered it by accident far more often than alt+fn+f4.

I believe that, like the Ctrl, Alt, Shift, Enter keys, there are no translations and English is already in demand as a very widespread language. I believe it could be based on English, as those who have contact with technology inevitably also have contact with this language.

I believe that, like the Ctrl, Alt, Shift, Enter keys, there are no translations

Those keys do have translations. For example, on German keyboards ctrl is strg.

Super + Q is one of the firdt things I change on the keyboard shortcuts, It’s super useful for keyboard navigation!

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