Missing Alt + shortcut keys

I’m using LO on Ubuntu 13.10 x64. For some reason I’m not finding the old Alt + shortcut keys available any more. A brief survey of the wiki doesn’t turn up a mention of them. I assume they’ve been deprecated. If so, not cool. I’ve been using them since 1985, and they make life easier for me.

The behavior I am used to seeing is that you press Alt + one of the initial keys for the menu headings, and the menu drops down. For example, I do a lot of writing, so I go: Alt + I | B | Enter to insert a default page break (Insert | Page Break | Default). What appears to be missing in my build is the ability to open the top-level menus with the keyboard; the Alt + I part of the procedure above. The other shortcuts still work. There does not appear to be an on-off switch for this behavior in the Options menu.

There seems to be a shortcut in the Accessibility menus that will do something similar, but it requires arrowing through the menus from the left. Not interested. I prefer a single keypress.

Is my guess correct, that these shortcuts have been phased out? How do I reinstate them correctly? Is there an add-on that can do the tedious work for me? Anything I’m not seeing here?


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Is my guess correct, that these shortcuts have been phased out?

No. The menu accelerators have not been phased out. I have them here under several versions from v4.1.2.2 and v4.2.0.4 across multiple platforms. One or more of these possibilities is likely:

  • You are using the Ubuntu-provided version of LO, in which case you may have better luck on the Ubuntu forums, as that version differs from the website version.
  • There is a configuration issue specific to Ubuntu (Unity?) that requires adjusting e.g., a missing package. In this case the Ubuntu forums may again be a better option, although there are some Ubuntu users running LO successfully on this forum.