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Saturday, October 9, 2010

CTRL-ALT-DEL for the Gnome system monitor

Ubuntu newbie? Wondering where is something like Windows XP task manager in Ubuntu? See below how to assign Ctrl + Alt + Del keyboard combination for Gnome System Monitor! It makes it possible to see list of running processes, cpu/memory utilization and related stuff by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Del.

1. First of all make sure Gnome System Monitor is installed in your system, open Terminal and type the following command:

type gnome-system-monitor

You will see the following output in case of success:

gnome-system-monitor is hashed (/usr/bin/gnome-system-monitor)

If it is not installed you will see something like below:

bash: type: gnome-system-monitor: not found

Here is the quickest way to get Gnome System Monitor installed:

sudo apt-get install gnome-system-monitor -y

2. Open System –> Preferences –> Keyboard Shortcuts and press Add button there:

Fill in opened windows as shown at the screenshot below and press Apply:

Now you can assign Ctrl + Alt + Del (or any other keyboard shortcut) for Gnome System Monitor. If Ctrl + Alt + Del combination is already taken (it is usually assigned to Log Out) just disable it by pressing Backspace:

Select Gnome System Monitor action, apply Ctrl + Alt + Del shortcut to it and press Close button.

From this point you can try pressing Ctrl + Alt + Del to make sure Gnome System Monitor starts. Now you can see list of running processes, kill any of them (depending on your rights of course), look through general information about your system like CPU load or RAM usage.

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