Questions about keyboards, both touch and otherwise. However, please add the "touchscreen" tag for touchscreen keyboard questions.

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Remapping Caps Lock to Control and Escape (not the usual way)

I know how to use xmodmap to remap the Caps lock key so it acts as a Control key, or as an Escape key. I would like to combine both features as follows: When I push, then release, the Caps lock key, ...
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How do I bind .sh files to keyboard combination?

Just wondering; how do I bind .sh files to run when I press a particular key combination? (like Alt+S) Thanks, Dante
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How do I remap my Ubuntu keyboard shortcuts to match OSX?

I'm using Ubuntu in VirtualBox on Mac. As I switch frequently, I would like to use the same shortcuts. Please, does anyone know how to have the same shortcuts on Ubuntu, as they are on Mac? ...
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How to find *why* I can't bind some keyboard shortcut (or which app took it)?

In short: is there (under Unity) any way to find out which application grabbed some global shortcut? I do not ask for "standard shortcuts" but for some way to get information about actual shortcuts ...
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Keyboard slow to start working on boot Ubuntu 14.04

I have a recently built PC with Z170 mobo and 6700k/980Ti and a Corsair Strafe (backlit) keyboard. I had some issues with the Ethernet interface not appearing anywhere, which I solved like other ...
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How do I change the “system default” keyboard?

I'm using Xubuntu. I've tried changing the session keyboard but it doesn't work. If I go `Settings → Settings Manager → Keyboard → Layout (tab at top) → uncheck Use System ...
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How do I enable Scroll Lock?

I need to enable scroll lock so I can toggle lights on my keyboard. This works on Arch.Funny thing it doesn't work on Ubuntu. ...
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Keyboard not working 100% after Ubuntu 13.10 upgrade

I have this weird issue on my laptop right now. The keyboard is not functioning 100%. This means, I can type my login details to get into Ubuntu. I can type something on Dash. But other than this (on ...
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What's a dead ogonek, and where is it on my keyboard?

I was changing a shortcut on gnome terminal and I found that: What is it?
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What gaming keyboard(s) will work with Ubuntu?

I've been looking at gaming keyboards to use on Ubuntu system. Microsoft has a few popular ones (e.g., Sidewinder X4, X6), but the programmable function keys appear to be unusable without the Windows ...
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What do the 4 keyboard input method systems mean?

I am trying to install another language support (in addition to the default US). Checking that language checkbox in "Install / Remove Languages..." wasn't too difficult. :) But now I want to add ...
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How do I configure WakeOnUSB properly?

How do I configure Wake-On-USB properly on a 10.04 or 10.10 Ubuntu (2.6.36 and higher if needed)? (Wake-on-USB is when the computer is asleep and for example a USB Keyboard event wakes up the ...
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Change keyboard layout permanently in Xubuntu 14.04

I have a fresh Xubuntu 14.04 Trusty Thar installation (not upgrade) and I need to change my keyboard layout each time I boot. These are the contents of file /etc/default/keyboard: XKBMODEL="pc105" ...
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How do I swap Left Ctrl with Left Alt on my keyboard?

There is no such option in Keyboard Layout Options which is sad. How can I do it manually?
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How to type the Indian Rupee Symbol?

I want to type the Indian Rupee Symbol. So I went to System Settings >> Keyboard Layout and clicked on the Options button. Under the Adding Currency signs to keys sections, I checked the Rupee on 4 ...
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Audacious with shortcuts in keyboard

I am using Ubuntu 12.04 and audacious as audio player.I am using a lenovo G460 notebook.It has keys which can play music.They work with Amarok. But , I want to make them work with Audacious.Can anyone ...
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How to remove keyboard icon from keyboard layout indicator (to leave just the language abbr. alone)?

I'd like to remove a keyboard icon, so replacing "[###] USA" as keyboard layout indicator to just "En", an English or American flag, or "USA" at least. How can I achieve this? UPDATE: When I've ...
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Why there is a delay between when a key is pressed and when it is accepted?

This is one of the wackiest and weirdest problems I have ever encountered. My keyboard was working absolutely fine untill yesterday on Ubuntu 13.04. However, when I boot to Ubuntu today, I suddenly ...
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Strange characters appearing when I use the Ctrl and Arrow keys to navigate

When I type Control and any of the arrow keys in any terminal (gnome-terminal, as well as terminator), I get this (or something like it). It happens when I use openbox as well, so it's not a compiz ...
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How to swap/remap the CAPS LOCK key with Tab key?

I've been trying to swap CAPS LOCK key with Tab key. So the CAPS LOCK key shouldn't turn on the CAPS anymore, instead, act as the Tab key. Some people told me that I should create a .Xmodmap file in ...
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Is there a Command + ` equivalent (cycle through windows)?

On the Mac, I use Command+` (the tilde) to cycle through windows in the current application (eg terminal or chrome). It's like Alt+Tab except only for the current application's windows. Possibly for ...
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Typing tutor games with good playablity

Are there any linux typing tutor games which are enjoyable games in their own right? I'm a computer professional, but have never learned to type properly. I also don't want my kids to pick up my bad ...
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Why won't my ~/.Xmodmap file load on login?

I created the following ~/.Xmodmap file as per this answer. keysym Delete = Menu keysym Menu = Delete clear Lock keycode 0x42 = Escape In other words, swap Delete and Menu, and make Caps Lock an ...
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Ubuntu 15.04 : Sound, keyboard, terminal shortcut stopped working

I have recently upgraded to ubuntu 15.04. After this, I am facing some weird errors. My shortcut CTRL + ALT + T stopped working for terminal. Function keys for Sound not working anymore. My keyboard ...
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Is there any way to disable the default behavior of the Insert key?

I keep hitting it accidentally and it really annoys me...is there any way to disable it's default behavior?
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Keyboard “kid lock” software

Is there an application for Ubuntu, that would behave like KidKeyLock for Windows? That is, upon activation, it prevents any keypress from working, until a specific sequence ("password") is typed, ...
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How can I map Super + UpArrow to PageUp?

I'd like to map Super + UpArrow to PageUp Super + DownArrow to PageDown Super + Left to Home Super + Right to End on an Apple aluminum wireless keyboard. Those who know the keyboard would note ...
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How to get Multimedia keys working at my ASUS N56VZ Ubuntu 12.04 Notebook

I don't get my multimedia keys (FN Keys) working. The Notebook is a ASUS N56VZ. If I normally press the multimedia key combinations, nothing happens. If I try to get the keycodes while pressing, for ...
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How to change tab in Google Chrome with the keyboard, in Ubuntu

In OSX, you can browse tabs in browsers by Ctrl+ N/p or similar. I have not found any keys in Ubuntu 14.04. How can you browse tabs of browsers by keyboard in Ubuntu?
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workspace switching via ctrl + alt + arrow not working after upgrade to 13.04, how to fix this? [duplicate]

So, my update to 13.04 didn't go very well. Due to the lack of a decent driver (Yes, i'm unlucky to have a legacy driver which doesn't play nice with the new Xorg.), I had to mess around with stuff to ...
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How to make this heart (♥) using keyboard? [duplicate]

On windows I have always used the "ALT+3" for creating a wonderful heart for expressing my love... Is there a way to do this on Ubuntu?
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Multimedia keys do not work with Spotify

Even though Spotify shows up in the indicator-sound just fine (Controlling it works from there) using multimedia keys on your keyboard does nothing. When I open up Rhythmbox they're able to control ...
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Acting as though the laptop Fn key is pressed

I have a Fujitsu laptop and all was working fine until I ended teamviewer. On the keyboard it has a numberpad on some of the letters which you press the Fn button to use. The system is acting like I ...
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How do I disable the alt-right click keyboard binding?

Using Oneiric 11.10 and Unity. I want to disable the context menu that appears with Alt+RightClick. Alt+RightClick is a much used shortcut in Blender. It's possible to remap keys in Blender, but I was ...
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Ubuntu 14.10 chrome doesn't detect keyboard input

When I'm using multiple workspaces, especially when I'm writing code and have every one of my workspaces occupied by some process and switch between the workspace that contains google chrome and the ...
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I can't type a “b” when I'm in the command line

Update I can't even paste a b. I am trying to upgrade to Ubuntu 15.04 but I need to delete some files in the /boot directory. When I cd /oot I can't type a b. So, I thought, I will list the files in ...
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Keyboard shortcuts not working in 12.04? [closed]

I can't get my shortcuts to work, among other things in 12.04. Anyone else with this problem? I'm not very pleased with Ubuntu 12.04 so far. What a letdown!
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How do I remap command key to be the control key on a Macbook 4,1?

How I can switch the left command key on the keyboard of my macbook, with the left ctrl key? and if it is possible that the command right, continue acting like the super key / windows
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How to change key bindings for switching workspaces in gnome3?

I know that you can go into the System Settings->Keyboard->Shortcuts and change the bindings for switching between workspaces in the Navigation tab, but this isn't working for me. I can change many ...
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How can I reverse the 'fn' key on an Apple Keyboard so that F1, F2, F3… are used as default?

To be more clear, right now the volume and brightness keys are used and I have to hold 'fn' in order to execute an F1, F2, F3, F4, F5... command. Can I reverse this so it's function key by default and ...
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Function keys in Apple Keyboard don't work as expected

I am using an Apple keyboard. To get the default functionality of the function keys, I need to press fn+Function key. This is quite annoying since I frequently use the function keys for debugging. ...
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How should I debug the error “Could not grab keyboard. A malicious client may be eavesdropping on your session.”

I am running an installation of Ubuntu 14.04 that I setup more than 6 months. About a week ago, I started getting an error message: Could not grab keyboard. A malicious client may be eavesdropping ...
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Keyboard map is incorrect when using an NX-client

I have a problem with nomachine NX-client in Ubuntu. It seems that the keymapping has a problem. For example, the arrow keys do not work (except for up key which opens printscreen!). I searched online ...
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Enable the keyboard backlights on supported Lenovo (e.g. Carbon X1) with command

Some Lenovo laptops have keyboard backlights, and they can be turned on using Fn + Space. There are three states: off, normal and bright. When I start Ubuntu, these laptops always default back to a ...
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Ctrl+Alt+[Left/Right] not working in Ubuntu in VMWare

I've installed Ubuntu 12.04 as a VMWare Virtual Machine. I like to switch between my Workspaces using the Ctrl+Alt+ArrowKeys but it doesn't work. It works on my other system with the "Proper" install. ...
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How do I make a key on the keyboard do *nothing*?

My right control key on my keyboard sticks. I hit it accidentally often enough that I'd like to make it do absolutely nothing when it's hit. Is this possible?
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Is there a keyboard command for 'show desktop'?

Like Windows, I want to hit Super+D to jump to the desktop or minimize all windows. I don't see command like that in Keyboard Shortcuts. Any idea?
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alt+shift can't be set to toggle language [duplicate]

I recently did a fresh installation of Ubuntu 13.10; but there is something bothering me, which I don't quite understand. When I first tried to toggle the keyboard language(I usually switch between ...
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14.04 - Keyboard does not work in login screen after sleep [duplicate]

I have an issue I'm not sure how to work out. On Ubuntu 14.04, after sleeping the keyboard will be non-responsive most of the time on the lightdm login screen. It's not completely non-responsive: I ...
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What package is responsible for the functionality of the keyboard

I'm attempting to forward this bug report in Launchpad to the appropriate project, but I'm not sure which one that is. The issue is with the user's keyboard, and the issue is that some multi-key ...