Gnome 3: Desktop sharing arrow key behaviour

In Gnome 3 there’s an option available to activate desktop sharing, which behind the dialog is just a VNC server. This option can be found under System Tools -> Preferences -> Desktop Sharing. In the dialog itself you can allow viewing and/or controlling of the desktop.


Unfortunately I encountered a problem while connected. The arrow keys where behaving different, the up en down key maximized or minimized the window. After a little search and some attempts to fix this behaviour, I found out the keys did behave as expected when I hit the super (Windows) key at the same time. That was the key for solving this issue.


  1. Go to System Tools -> Preferences -> System Settings
  2. Click on Keyboard and open the Shortcut tab
  3. On the left pane, select Windows
  4. Select all the actions on the right pane with Super + UP or Super + DOWN
  5. Hit backspace to disable these shortcuts


After this, the arrow keys should behave like expected!