Sunday, April 7, 2013

How to Delete stuff using the 'del' key in Kali / Debian / Gnome | Solution | Del key not working

Written by: Pranshu Bajpai | Find Pranshu on Google+ And LinkedIn

If you press 'del' key in Kali Linux, nothing happens. You are supposed to press 'crtl + del'. If however you want to change this, type:
# dconf-editor

In dconf-editor, go to: org -> gnome -> desktop -> interface
Enable “can-change-accels”

Now go to places -> Home -> Select any file/folder -> Edit -> Hover mouse over 'Move to trash' -> while hovering press 'del' key twice. (Pressing del once will clear the value and pressing it again will assign the key as required).

Now go back to dconf-editor and uncheck “can-change-accels”.


  1. Thanks for this post :)
    Just a note, you are supposed to press delete two times while having your mouse hovering on the 'Move to Thrash' option in Edit menu.

  2. It works for me :)
    Thanx for the tip

  3. Nope... it's not working

  4. Thank you. Thank you so much. This was driving me mad.