One of those weird things in Gnome 3 – Ctrl-Delete

Posted: July 15, 2011 in BlogBlurb, Linux

Who in the right mind would use “Ctrl-Delete” combination of keys for deleting files in a file manager? Huh?

Hello!!! There is a delete key on every keyboard. It says “D-E-L-E-T-E”, it means delete, why on earth I need to use another key to delete?

From one of those weird things about Gnome 3…

Thank goodness there is a work around to this “feature”:

  1. Run dconf-editor, and open: org -> gnome -> desktop -> interface
  2. Enable “can-change-accels”.
  3. Open nautilus, select any file/directory, then click “Edit” from menubar, and hover on “Move to Trash” menuitem.
  4. While hovering, click on your delete key. The accel should change from “cntrl+del” to “del”.


  • Make sure you have selected a file, else the “Move to Trash” menuitem will be greyed out.
  • Do remember to disable “can-change-accels” afterwards, so won’t accidental change it.
  • If dconf-editor is not install, just install it by running yum install dconf-editor

On why this “feature” is there in Gnome3, just follow the link below:

EDIT: After reading the link above and trying out my girlfriend MacBook Air, I decide to give this new feature a try. I had set  it back to Ctrl-Delete.





  1. ARWING says:

    I have an answer for your question. The gnome developers think that gnome users are not lazy people, they like more and more complex ACTIVITIES. Gnome developers are so genius (they think in all POSSIBILITIES). In next years, the Ctr+del will be change to Ctl+CODE(seveen digits)+del where the robbers and my cat will not be able to delete my files.

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