Enable Restart X server (Ctrl-Alt-BackSpace) in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal

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Since Ubuntu 9.10, X server kill/restart option via Ctrl-Alt-Backspace is disabled by default, to enable it in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal, follow the following approach. Click on the Ubuntu button at top left corner and search for keyboard. Launch the keyboard preferences (first in search result as shown below)

Now on the Keyboard Preferences window select the Layouts tab and click on Options button

This opens the following Window, just tick the box in front of Key sequence to kill the X server (Control + Alt + Backspace),

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5 Comments on “Enable Restart X server (Ctrl-Alt-BackSpace) in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal”

  • Eric wrote on 22 June, 2011, 12:50

    Thank you so much I am having problems with wine sometimes resizing the screen when a game crashes so it was hard to logoff and restart takes a while.
    Thanks so much for this info!

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    lifehacker Reply:

    You are most welcome! :)

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  • Lestibournes wrote on 17 October, 2011, 19:03

    Does this works even when the computer screen goes black and seems to stop responding to all input?

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    lifehacker Reply:

    @Lestibournes, It would depend, if your X-server is still alive and responding to key presses then it should work to restart X, but if the computer is stuck because of some other malfunction, it may not work.

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