Originally Posted by oystercatcher
I can use the keyboard (super key) to access the shell I guess it is called.
Is there a keyboard shortcut to get to the application list?
in Gnome3: hit the Super and start typing the application you want. language or real package name doesn't matter
Alt-F2 provides a small run dialog, typed programs start after <enter>. however you have to use the real program name in Gnome. LXDE provides a list that keeps up with typing or is selectable with the mouse or cursor.