Log off screen should be closable by pressing alt+f4

Asked by Francois Marot on 2008-09-23

After pressing on the log off button (in GNOME, ubuntu 8.04), the log off screen appears. I think it should be closable by pressing alt+f4, in case the user changes his mind and want to continue using the computer. It's not a big problem but a usability nice feature.
As I am new to ubuntu, do you think I should report it as a bug ?

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Tony Pursell (ajpursell) said : #1

Hi Francois

There is a Cancel button and so the log off screen will close (by the normal convention) if you press Esc.

So I don't think you should report it as a bug that it does not also close with ALT-F4.


I really miss this feature. In Windows (yeah, I come from there ;) ), I was accustomed to use a mouse button on which I assigned ALT+F4. So to bring the logout menu, I just click on it from the desktop. If I make a mistake, I click again on it and the menu disappears. It's a coherent behaviour. But in Gnome/Ubuntu 8.04 it doesn't work like that. Maybe it more of an enhancement request ? Where can I post this request other than here ?

Tony Pursell (ajpursell) said : #3

Hi Francois

This is a really quirky Windows feature to be able to use ALT-F4 to close down. The main use of ALT-F4 is to close the Widow/Application that has focus. Gnome (by default) follows this behaviour. But Windows 3.1 also used this to close down, probably because it was itself an application running on top of DOS, and it seems to have been kept in all versions of Windows ever since.

It works well for you because you have a mouse button with ALT-F4 assigned. If you press the button on an empty desktop space, I assume it takes focus away from any open windows and calls the shutdown dialog. However, if you press the button on a window, I assume it gives that window focus and closes it. This may or may not be what you want. Certainly, I don't want the uncertainty when I manually press ALT-F4 of the action depending on the state of my desktop.

Do go ahead and post an enhancement request if you want to.


ernest bodvar (ernestbodvar) said : #4

my log off button is missing from the botton panel

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