Fix Terminal Shortcut & PrintScreen Key Delay in Ubuntu 16.04

July 5, 2017

I’ve been running into desktop shortcut key issue recently in my Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. When I trying to launch a terminal or take a screenshot, there will be more than 20 seconds delay after pressing Ctrl+Alt+T or PrintScreen on keyboard.

This happened after installed some Gnome related application libraries. And I found this BUG after doing a little search. A workaround is to restart the gnome-keyring-daemon service.

1. Launch terminal from Unity Dash, Gnome launcher, or other app launcher.

When it opens, run command to kill the service:

sudo killall gnome-keyring-daemon

The service starts automatically after you killed it, and that fixes the shortcut delay issue until reboot.

2. Until Gnome Team fixed the issue, you have to run the command automatically on startup by doing following steps:

Launch Startup Applications utility, click Add button and type:

  • Name: whatever
  • Command: killall gnome-keyring-daemon
  • Comment: whatever

Finally click Add the startup item and enjoy!

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6 responses to Fix Terminal Shortcut & PrintScreen Key Delay in Ubuntu 16.04

  1. This bug not only affects the printscreen but also some others applications like Vivadli in my case….

  2. I have this bug. But the work around didn’t help me nor did the keyring daemon automatically restart.

  3. Thanks!
    annoying problem = gone

  4. Thanks a LOT!!!!!!
    This bothers me for days!

  5. I still have this bug :(. But I hope when ubuntu moves to 18.04 and the knew version of Gnome in April all will be well again!

  6. Ok so this does work – you have to restart the gnome keyring service again by doing something like sending a document to the printer.

    However if you do it you do get some side effects like you can no longer grab pictures off a USB attached iPhone. I have to log out and then back in again and THEN I can access my iphone but the printscreen issue is back.