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I have a Dell Inspiron 14R that out of the box came out with Ubuntu 11.1. Ass suggested here, I upgraded it to Ubuntu 12.04.

My laptop keyboard has three funny buttons in the upper-left corner. According to the manual, they are:

  • Dell Instant Launch button
  • Dell Audio With Preset Switch button
  • Windows Mobility Center button

They do nothing when I press them, and by the name they seem Windows-oriented. I want to know if they have some utility in Ubuntu, and if they not if I can made them useful by some way (maybe launching some equivalent Ubuntu packages)

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The Windows Mobility Center button actually generates Meta + x (or Win + x in windows terminology). You can set Meta + x as hotkeys to trigger an action, e.g. launch a program.

In KDE the settings are on Custom Shortcuts, System Settings.

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Since your laptop is with Ubuntu pre-installed, I wonder if the other two special keys work out-of-the-box? I have a 15R SE with windows installed. I've been trying to make use of the other two keys on Linux. – majie Oct 21 '13 at 14:42
would you be so kind as to post what you used to determine Meta+x was generated? (I'd guess some command from a term/shell, but I have SO MUCH to learn about *nix.) – pythonlarry Jan 18 '14 at 1:14
@PythonLarry I use xev. Just open a shell and start xev. A new window pops up. Ensure the window is the active one. You can press some letter keys and see the output. You can then press the special keys. – majie Jan 21 '14 at 14:57

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