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I know the easy way using the unity but is there a way to make a shortcut for chrome for example using the terminal.

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closed as unclear what you're asking by bodhi.zazen, Sneetsher, i08in, Radu Rădeanu, qbi May 6 '14 at 21:11

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short cut how ? Start typing a command and use tab completion, how to create an alias, or how to write a .desktop file ? custom key strokes ? what ? – bodhi.zazen May 6 '14 at 16:54
i mean if i want to add shortcut to chrome on the desktop using the terminal how can you do that ? – alkabary May 6 '14 at 17:36
See… . You make a .desktop file, you can place it is various locations. – bodhi.zazen May 6 '14 at 18:00
I am not sure what you mean by the easy way, but why not simply copy the existing desktop file from /usr/share/applications on to your desktop or wherever you want it to appear, and make it executable? You can do that via command line if you want to :) – Jacob Vlijm May 6 '14 at 19:35
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One way of doing it is to use xbindkeys:

  1. Install xbindkeys

    sudo apt-get install xbindkeys
  2. Create the default settings file:

    xbindkeys --defaults > ~/.xbindkeysrc
  3. Add the relevant lines to ~/.xbindkeysrc:

    printf '"google-chrome"\nControl+Shift+Mod2 + c\n' >> .xbindkeysrc 

    The keycodes above make Crtl Shift C launch google-chrome.

    You might need to get the right keycodes for your keys. Run xbindkeys -k and press your desired shortcut. That will print the relevant key sequence.

  4. Run xbindkeys. To make this permanent, add a line containing xbindkeys to your ~/.Xsession:

    echo xbindkeys >> ~/.Xsession

Now, once you have all that set up, and xbindkeys is running automatically every time you log in (because of step 4 above), you will be able to add new shortcut keys with this command:

printf '"ApplicationName"\n+Shortcut+Key\n' >> ~/.xbindkeysrc &&  
    killall xbindkeys ; xbindkyes

For example, this will make Ctrl+Shift+X launch xclock:

printf '"xclock"\nControl+Shift+Mod2 + x\n' >> ~/.xbindkeysrc && 
    killall xbindkeys ; xbindkyes

You could then create a little script that does it for you. Save the following lines as ~/bin/

printf '"$1"\n$2\n' >>  ~/.xbindkeysrc && 
killall xbindkeys ; xbindkyes

Make the script executable with chmod a+x ~/bin/ You can now add a new shortcut with firefox 'Control+Shift+Mod2 + x'
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