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asked 2015-06-08 09:41:27 -0500

Van de Bugger gravatar image

Before Gnome 3, there was a notion of "system tray". Some applications, namely, KeePassX and Pidgin, when minimized or closed, create an icons in system tray, so user can open application window by click on the icon in system tray.

In Fedora 21 and Gnome 3.14, keyboard shortcut Super+M opens a tray at the bottom of the screen, which also includes icons of "minimized to tray" applications.

In Fedora 22 and Gnome 3.16, Super+M opens the calendar and messages. "Minimized to tray" applications are not in calendar but in the tray, normally hidden. To get the tray visible, I have to move mouse pointer to the left-bottom corner of the screen and click.

Is there a keyboard shortcut to open the tray?

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@Van de Bugger Left Bottom corner click does not open any tray in my case! Can you tell me if you edited some setting to get that behaviour?

deshmukh gravatar imagedeshmukh ( 2015-06-09 08:23:18 -0500 )edit

Am also interested in this as it would greatly improve my workflow. Irrespective of whether or not this is preconfigured, I just want to know what navigation/action in 'keyboard settings' to set to open the tray via hotkey.

e-inquirer gravatar imagee-inquirer ( 2016-12-11 16:54:34 -0500 )edit

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answered 2016-12-11 18:45:49 -0500

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Found the answer to my own comment (see above). The below pertains to Gnome 3.22.2:

Under Gnome help > Your desktop > Useful keyboard shortcuts:


Give keyboard focus to the top bar. In the Activities overview, switch keyboard focus between the top bar, dash, windows overview, applications list, search field, and message tray. Use the arrow keys to navigate.

The keyboard shortcut gives you a Gnome specific switcher (similar to the app switcher). When issued from the 'Activities' overview, the options are specific to that view, but when issued from the desktop, it allows you to switch between:

  • window focus
  • top bar focus
  • status icons (i.e. system tray)
  • window list bar (if enabled via 'Window List' extension)
  • etc.

The third list option is the item of interest -- it pops open the system tray on the bottom left for selection.

N.B.: Although not a complete solution, the 'Alltray' app (available through the Gnome Software Center) allows you to iconify some apps (via hotkey) to the sytem tray, if that's indeed what you prefer. I don't know if it's still maintained, and it's not compatible with all apps under Gnome 3.

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