Stop the F1 function key from opening a Ubuntu help window in Ubuntu 18.04+

Asked by Brandon Istenes on 2019-11-18

Similar to https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/ubuntu-meta/+question/150244 .

See also https://askubuntu.com/questions/1152123/how-do-i-disable-the-help-f1-key-in-ubuntu-18-04-or-19-04?noredirect=1&lq=1 in AskUbuntu.

I would like it if the F1 button did nothing at all.

As an aside, I have trouble imagining a power user wanting such rapid access to Ubuntu Help; nor can I easily imagine a non- power user thinking "ah, I can't figure out how to make this computer do music, but I do recall from my my days using computers in 1995 that F1 is the button that will summon a help screen." It's a very strange design decision to have made.

Please provide some mechanism by which the Ubuntu Help hotkey can be disabled. The old methods for disabling it no longer works as of Ubuntu 18.04.

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https://askubuntu.com/questions/37313/how-do-i-deactivate-f1-and-f10-keybindings-in-gnome-terminal

Seems you'll need to do it in each app............not something I've done before. Maybe others can advise.

Brandon Istenes (bistenes) said : #2

Sorry, I mean the F1 key for Ubuntu Desktop / GNOME, specifically.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) said : #3

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Brandon Istenes (bistenes) said : #4

Please. Please.

Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #5

What do you want to happen, when you press the F1 key?

Just set a key-binding in settings-devices-keyboard and it will do what you want instead of opening yelp.
If you want that nothing happens, just define a dummy-entry with a space character as command.

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