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Editable Menu Accelerators

A number of Xfce applications (Thunar, for example) support the standard GTK2 way of changing shortcuts: simply hover over the menu option with the mouse pointer and press the keyboard shortcut you want to rebind it to.

To delete a keyboard assignment, press the Backspace key while you are on the menu entry.

If the shortcut doesn't change, then you need to enable the feature in GTK+. This can be achieved in 3 ways:

  • If you are running the Xfce desktop environment, enable Editable menu accelerators in the User Interface Preferences dialog.
  • If you are running GNOME then you can enable Editable menu accelerators in the Menu and Toolbars control center dialog.
  • Otherwise put the following in your ~/.gtkrc-2.0 file (create the file if it doesn't exist):
    gtk-can-change-accels=1
When xfsettingsd is running you must change the setting with the Xfce GUI, not through the .gtkrc-2.0 file.
This functionality has been disabled since GTK3 which means that Xfce apps that have migrated to GTK3 (such as xfce4-terminal) do not support it.
Refer to specific app's documentation to learn how to configure its shortcuts.