Alt+F, Alt+B, etc. open menubar items instead of moving cursor forward and back on current command line

Asked by Jeffrey Finkelstein on 2011-10-14

What happens: Alt+F opens the "File" menu item and Alt+B shows the menubar (but does not open any menu item, because no menu item corresponding to that key combination exists).

What should happen: Alt+B moves the cursor back one word, and Alt+F moves the cursor forward one word.

Before Unity, hiding the menu bar allowed these key combinations to work as I expected. Now I cannot hide the menubar.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.10
Package: gnome-terminal 3.0.1-0ubuntu3
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.0.0-12.20-generic 3.0.4
Uname: Linux 3.0.0-12-generic i686
ApportVersion: 1.23-0ubuntu3
Architecture: i386
Date: Fri Oct 14 15:45:59 2011
 PATH=(custom, user)
SourcePackage: gnome-terminal
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to oneiric on 2011-10-14 (0 days ago)

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Eliah Kagan
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Matt C (mvc1095) said : #1

Oops, there's a configuration option for exactly this. Never mind.

@Jeffrey Finkelstein
Matt C's reply, even though not submitted as an answer, seems to answer this question. If it does not solve your problem, please let us know. If it does, you can mark this question as Solved (you can do that at

Jeffrey Finkelstein (jfinkels) said : #3

Brilliant, thanks Matt and Eliah.

Jeffrey Finkelstein (jfinkels) said : #4

Thanks Eliah Kagan, that solved my question.