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I am using the Ubuntu document viever Evince. Lately, I found out how to add custom keyboard shortcuts for the program. I was searching for a way to add a shortcut e.g. for View / Best fit (also available as a button). What I found was the Keyboard shortcut page which describes how to setup shortcuts using gconf-editor. That worked as described. However, once I restart my system the shortcuts are gone. How can I set them permanently?

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For Ubuntu 12.04 and up:

Use dconf-editor instead of gconf-editor

sudo apt-get install dconf-tools

Then set dconf>org>gnome>desktop>interface>can-change-accels to true

Setting shortcuts when using global menu:

  1. Open evince (or any app) with UBUNTU_MENUPROXY=0 evince
  2. Browse menus, hover an entry, type your shortcut
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The tutorial does not use dconf but gconf. They also state that I can "Uncheck the value box for can_change_accels in the right side of the window." after I am done. –  JJD May 12 '12 at 23:52
    
Im guessing you're using 11.10 or up ? That tutorial is probably outdated. See gconf vs dconf for explanations. You can still uncheck the box when you're done editing. –  user55822 May 13 '12 at 8:19
    
Sorry, I forgot to mention I am still running Ubuntu 10.10. (Maverick). –  JJD May 13 '12 at 13:58
    
Im sorry I didnt ask before :p You might want to edit your question with an ubuntu 10.10 tag and add "menu shortcuts" or "accels" in the title. –  user55822 May 13 '12 at 15:06
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Starting evince with UBUNTU_MENUPROXY=0 evince from the command line to set the shortcuts helped. One should add this to the tutorial I started with. Thank you, user55822! –  JJD May 13 '12 at 15:48
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