Restart the Ubuntu Gnome User Interface Quickly

If you want to quickly restart X Windows on Ubuntu, Debian, or pretty much any version of linux, all you have to do is hit this key combination quickly:

Ctrl+Alt+Backspace

If you are using VMware, you’ll want to change your default VMware shortcut keys, because they will interfere.

Update: Make sure that you save your work before doing this.

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