Run `Gnome run’ dialog from the command line

Open the terminal and type:

gnome-panel-control --run-dialog

Note: The provided command is a part of the openboxWM package, so you must have it installed! To install it enter:

sudo apt-get install openbox
قم بتشغيل الطرفية و كتابة:

gnome-panel-control --run-dialog

ملاحظة: الأمر المذكور في الأعلي مرتبط مع حزمة openbox، فيجب توافرها لديك! للحصول عليها، قم بإدخال:

sudo apt-get install openbox
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  • Federik8885  On January 2, 2011 at 2:01 am

    Thanks but it doesn’t work in Ubuntu. Ubuntu suggests to install the Openbox window manager. So I imagine that this command is for Openbox, not for GNOME.

    By the way, I would like to post this minitutorial about the Run dialog of GNOME. I find it interesting:

    Useful commands or shortcuts for GNOME’s Alt+F2 dialog (Run Application)

    When, while holding the Alt key, we press the F2 key the “Run Application” dialog of GNOME appears.

    There we can type the name of an application and then press the Enter or Return key (or click on the Run button) so the desired application opens. For example if we enter gedit the gedit text editor opens.

    We can also type the address of a folder so Nautilus opens in that place. For example if we enter /tmp Nautilus opens in this directory.

    This dialog helps us entering the data. For example if we type gca automatically gcalctool is offered.

    This dialog can run any of the many applications inside /usr/bin .


    Here is a list of the ones I use more often:

    gedit : gedit (text editor)

    gnome-control-center : GNOME Control Center (control panel)

    gnome-terminal : GNOME Terminal (terminal emulator)

    xset dpms force off : switches the screen off (useful for laptops)


    Other ones:

    eog : Eye of GNOME (image viewer) (not necessary because it opens when we click on an image showing that image -if it’s the default application for the image format-)

    file-roller : File Roller (archive manager) (not necessary because it opens when we click on a compressed file we want to decompress; and there is a Compress… entry on the menu when we right click after having selected one or more files we want to compress)

    gcalctool : gcalctool (calculator)

    gconf-editor : Configuration Editor (user preferences and system configuration data editor for the GNOME Desktop and many applications)

    gnome-search-tool : Search for Files (file searcher)

    gnome-session-save –logout-dialog : “Log Out of the Session” dialog (to finish or close the session; or to switch or change the user)

    gnome-session-save –shutdown-dialog : “Shut Down the Computer” dialog (to turn the computer off, reboot it, suspend it or hibernate it)

    totem : Totem (movie player; also plays audios) (not necessary because it opens when we click on a film or a song)

    xcalc : xcalc (calculator)

    xterm : xterm (terminal emulator) (gnome-terminal’s scroll is easier to manage and allows to copy and paste)

    • AnxiousNut  On January 2, 2011 at 2:41 am

      It’s true, it seems that gnome-panel-control is bundled with openbox package! However, it does work in Gnome desktop environment perfectly! And since openbox is a very light package, I don’t think anyone would mind installing it!

      Also, thanks for the little tutorial; Never knew that it’s okay to enter location as is!! Though that might change with Gnome Shell! However, apps would work just fine! 🙂

  • Guasdio73  On April 23, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    gnome-calculator opens also gcalctool

    gucharmap or gnome-character-map : GNOME Character Map
    setxkbmap xx : change the keyboard layout (xx can be it or gb or es or fr …)
    onboard : onscreen keyboard
    onboard-settings : configure Onboard
    ooffice or :
    ooffice -draw or -draw : Draw
    ooffice -calc or -calc : Calc
    ooffice -impress or -impress : Impress
    ooffice -writer or -writer : Writer
    ooffice -math or -math : Math
    vezolmi is online now Report Post Edit/Delete Message

  • Tre  On June 23, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    The GNOME Character Map can also be opened just with this short command:

  • Guwioe  On September 18, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Another one:
    simple-scan : Simple Scan

  • Liforendal  On November 21, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Another one:
    alacarte : Main Menu (select which applications we want to appear in the main menu)

    This one doesn’t work in Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin. Anyone knows any alternative command for this in this 12 version?

    Another 2, related to the keyboard:
    gnome-keyboard-properties : Keyboard Preferences
    gnome-keybinding-properties : Keyboard Shortcuts

    These 2 ones don’t work in Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin. In this version, from the control panel you have a Keyboard option where you can both change keyboard settings (layouts, …) and keybindings (shortcuts). Anyone knows which terminal command can open this Keyboard dialog directly in the 12 version?


  • Gasdws  On November 21, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Another command:
    gnome-system-monitor : System Monitor (System -info about the system: installed version of Ubuntu, hardware, …-, Processes -we can view and end them from here-, Resources -monitor of CPU, memory, …- and File Systems)

  • Rsegdfag4  On April 12, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Another one:
    usb-creator-gtk : Ubuntu Live USB creator

    Many more:

  • Hasdiue  On July 29, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Here we have useful Linux Mint commands:
    mintbackup: mintBackup (backup tool)
    mintdesktop: mintDesktop (desktop settings)
    mintinstall: mintInstall (software manager)
    mintmenu: main menu
    mintupdate: mintUpdate (update manager)
    mintwelcome: welcome screen

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