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?


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.