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I would to define Windows-like shortcuts using the Super ("Windows") key. I'm running Xubuntu 11.04 (Natty).

Using Settings->Settings Manager->Windows Manager->Keyboard I assigned Super+D to "Show desktop".

Then, using Settings->Settings Manager->Keyboard->Applications Shortcut I assigned Super+E to thunar. So far, everything works perfectly.

But, at least, I'd like the Super key when pressed alone to open the Applications Menu but, being Super a modifier key I wasn't able to assign it alone to a shortcut. For reference this problem is also described here.

Based on this forum post I used to xmodmap to make it behave like a normal key - ie. not a modifier key. And guess what, it works. Sorta.

Super alone works perfectly. Super+E still opens thunar but also opens the Applications Menu. Super+D no longers works at all.

Of course, I can just remove my .Xmodmap file and assign a Super+A or similar to Applications Menu. But if there's a way to get just Super working it would be great.

Can someone shed some light on this issue?

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closed as too localized by Bruno Pereira Feb 25 '12 at 1:11

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@DoR Out of curiosity (and I'm new here): how do you add this "key" effect to words? – Vitor Jul 2 '11 at 0:24
<kbd>text</kbd>. You can see how any formatting on here is done by clicking edit and looking at the source. – Alvin Row Jul 2 '11 at 0:31
Have you tried adding both shortcuts to the same place? Try setting Super + D in Keyboard shortcuts, maybe? – charlie-tca Jul 7 '11 at 18:28
Hello, this question has no information and activity for a very long time. I am closing it for now. If by any reason you think this question is still viable or useful in anyways or that there is still a good chance it will be answered please flag it to a moderator or add a comment with the reasons why you want it open. Regards – Bruno Pereira Feb 25 '12 at 1:11

Restore back what you did. In natty super key is already used for menu.

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Removing the xmodmap modification and the Super_L shortcut to the Applications Menu doesn't work. Pressing Super alone does nothing. – Vitor Jul 2 '11 at 16:57
In Ubuntu Natty super key is used for the menu. The same is not true for other distributions. Xubuntu does not use Unity, and does not use the shortcuts assigned by Unity. – charlie-tca Jul 7 '11 at 18:29

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