How to Set ‘Always on Top’ Hotkey in Ubuntu 20.04 & Ubuntu 20.10

Want to enable keyboard shortcut to toggle on / off app window “Always on Top” function? Here’s how to do the job in Ubuntu 20.04 default Gnome desktop.

The Gnome desktop does not have keyboard shortcut to toggle “Always on Top” feature out-of-the-box. You can however set one using Dconf database via following steps.

  1. Search for and install dconf Editor via Ubuntu Software if you don’t have it.
  2. Open the dconf Editor, and click on “I’ll be careful” button.
  3. Then navigate to org/gnome/desktop/wm/keybindings, scroll down and click go to settings of “Always on Top”. Then do:
    • turn off “Use default value”.
    • type a shortcut key in “Custom value” area: use <Control>, <Alt>,  and/or <Shift>,  with number, or letter as key combination. And formatted with [”]

Finally click on apply button and enjoy!

Merilyn Ne
Hi, I'm Merilyn Ne, a computer geek working on Ubuntu Linux for many years and would like to write useful tips for beginners. Forgive me for language mistakes. I'm not a native speaker of English.