Disable the HUD when pressing the ALT key

Posted on Sunday March 03, 2013 / by Eric Potvin

When you install Ubuntu, lots of keyboard shortcuts are pre-configured. Some of them are very useful but one of them annoyed me. The ALT one!

Either when I am in the terminal, playing games or using other applications I need to use the ALT key and the HUD popups up.

So here's how to disable it:

In the system settings, click on the keyboard settings, then the shortcuts tab. Now click on the Key to show the HUD and then you can setup your own shortcut.

Disable the HUD when pressing the ALT key

Command line

gconftool-2 --set "/apps/compiz-1/plugins/unityshell/screen0/options/show_hud" --type string "<Alt>l"

This will setup the HUD to be ALT+L

To verify, you can use the get:

gconftool-2 --get "/apps/compiz-1/plugins/unityshell/screen0/options/show_hud"