i3 keyboard shortcuts

Official i3 keyboard shortcuts guide

All i3 keyboard shortcuts start with configurable "Mod" key, which is Alt by default, but many people change it to Win/Cmd.

Anywhere you can use arrow keys, you can also use right "home row":

Opening and closing

Moving around


Tip: fullscreen mode applies only to the current workspace. You can switch to other workspaces and back.

Moving windows


In resize mode:

Tip: all windows in a workspace must occupy whole screen. If you only have one window, you can't resize it. The only exception are floating windows, which can be anywhere on the screen.


New windows open in the current horizontal/vertical direction.


A workspace consists of two layers: "laid out" windows in the back and "floating" windows on top of them.

Resize mode works for floating windows too:



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