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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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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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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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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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Re-mapping keyboard keys

I am using a keyboard with the "fn" key. This is on a laptop. So my FN + Up/down/left/right keys are mapped to brightness/volume. I would much rather them be mounted to page up/down, home/end. And ...
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Cyrillic characters show as gibberish in rhythmbox

I have some Bulgarian/Russian songs which have Cyrillic characters in them. Nautilus displays them fine , but in rhythmbox all their id3tag info is displayed as gibberish. I have set the system ...
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Switch to specific keyboard layout using Ctrl+Shift+Num

What I want is to be able to press: Ctrl + Shift + 1 - switch to English keyboard layout Ctrl + Shift + 2 - switch to Hebrew keyboard layout Ctrl + Shift + 3 - switch to Russian(Phonetic) keyboard ...
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Periodic Keyboard Lag/Delay

On two of my computers running Natty with Gnome 3, I'm having periodic keyboard lag. It happens at a random interval after starting the computer. Basically, the keyboard will stop functioning ...
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Is there a way to disable a laptop's internal keyboard?

A week ago, I spilt the contents of my cup onto my laptop keyboard. Half of the keys no longer work, except one! The letter Q which is very active regularly. This is very disturbing as I work. Is ...
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How do I change keyboards from the command line?

How I change keyboard layouts from the command-line? For example, I want to switch from English to Hebrew. I'm able to do it from lightdm with the little icon in the corner of my screen.
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Where can I find the full list of Compose combinations for my locale?

After enabling my Compose key, I want to find the list of all the key combinations I can use to create special characters. Where is the full list that my system is using when parsing the keys typed ...
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USB slots stop working suddenly from time to time

After re-installing Lubuntu 12.04 system on my laptop an older problem re-emerged after a few days and installation of different programs: without apparent reason the external mouse and sometimes ...
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Window tiling (Move-to-{corner,side}) shortcuts in Ubuntu 13.04

I am trying to figure out how I can change the window tiling shortcuts in Ubuntu 13.04. Currently they are set to <Ctrl><Alt>numpadn. First I tried to check the shortcuts available in ...
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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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How to override the new limited keyboard repeat rate limit?

I may be an alien around here, but here's my problem: the speed limit on old Ubuntu releases (= before 11) was very very fast. It was really great for me. Now, on Ubuntu 11, they may have thought: ...
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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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Where do I find a list of all X keysyms these days?

They used to be in /usr/lib/X11/XKeysymDB or /usr/share/X11/XKeysymDB, but those have been missing from Ubuntu for a while. I've tried google, but all I get are more references to XKeysymDB or the ...
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Setting different keypress rate for individual keys?

I'd like an especially high repeat rate and low delay on my backspace key, but a regular delay and rate on every other key. This command works, but sets it for every key: xset r rate 120 30 Is ...
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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 remap a key combination to a single key?

I'm using Ubuntu on a Samsung Chromebook. As some of you may know, the keyboard used in ChromeOS based netbooks is a bit awkward: amongst other things, it doesn't have a Del key*. If I were going to ...
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Pressing dead keys twice

I've recently switched from Windows to Ubuntu 11.04, and a difference that bugs me a bit is, when a dead key (such as ^ or ´) is pressed twice, the behavior differs in the two OS'es. On Windows, the ...
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Problem binding a shortcut to a function / multimedia key

I want to connect a batch script to a shortcut. When I bind it under System Settings > Keyboard > Shortcuts it works with every key, except my brightness keys from my external Apple keyboard. The ...
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How can I assign a middle button press to a specific key in my laptop?

How can I attach a middle button press to a specific key in my laptop? I can do middle-button if I tap on the top right corner of the touchpad, but I would like to associate it to a key, like the ...
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Change Keyboard Layout with both left and right Alt + Shift combos

I use English and Persian keyboard layout on my Ubuntu system. I want to change the keyboard layout both with Left Alt+Left Shift and Right Alt + Right Shift. Currently I can not use Right Alt+Right ...
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Repeated keystrokes lost in Unity

I have strange bug. Sometimes after pressing any key on my keyboard while working in unity programs does not receives the event of pressing but in plain terminal(ctrl+alt+f1) keyboard works just well. ...
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Why is there a 4-layouts limit for keyboards?

I just discovered that I couldn't add more than 4 layouts for my keyboard. Googling revealed that it was a universal limit (at least for GNU/Linux) and the only way(s) to get around it was to use some ...
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Will Unity have a keyboard shortcut for accessing the “Session Menu” that appears on the panel?

I noticed in screen shots of Unity the presence of the "Session Menu" indicator in the right corner of the top-panel. This menu drops down to offer Log Out, Hibernate, Restart, Shut Down, etc. I know ...
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How to simulate keyboard input?

This is the biggest thing keeping me from enjoying Ubuntu/Linux. Ideally I'd like to just be able to run my AutoHotKey script on Ubuntu, but I didn't have much luck getting that working with Wine. ...
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Is there a program that will emulate typewriter sounds?

Since I switched to Ubuntu 12.04 I'd only missed one thing. A program which could launch typewriter sounds while typing. For instance, in Windows I used this: ...
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How to get back the ALT +TAB functionality? [duplicate]

I lost the Alt+Tab functionality. How to get it back? Note: I m using Ubuntu 12.04 without Unity I m using Gnome classic (no effects) session so the Unity plug-in is deselected in compizconfig ...
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How do I map unmapped keys on a keyboard? [closed]

My laptop's keyboard has keys that don't do anything when I press them. How would I enable the keys, and add functionality to them? For example, the mute key doesn't do anything at the moment.
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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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How can I change the window movement key when using Unity 2D?

The default window movement key (alt) conflicts with several programs that I use fairly often. I'm sure some users find this key binding useful but I really need to change it to something else so that ...
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Why does turning Caps Lock off take such a long time to work?

This is my biggest issue with Linux and the main reason I don't use it as my main working OS. Whenever I use caps lock to write something in upper case and disable it in order to keep writing the ...
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xmodmap alternative for the text console (TTY)?

There is a keyboard with ' key broken. I've remapped it to the Wake button with xmodmap but that affects only X session, how can I achieve this for TTYs? Note: editing keymap files directly is not ...
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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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Map caps-lock key to middle mouse click

Since I rarely use caps-lock, I'd like to map the key to a middle mouse click instead. I would also like to map Alt+Caps Lock to the original function of the caps lock key, should I ever need it. I ...
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How do I use REISUB with an Apple slim aluminum keyboard?

I'm using the Apple slim aluminum keyboard, which doesn't have the SysRq key: What key(s) should I press for the magic SysRq key when I need to type REISUB?
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How to bind Ctrl+arrows to Home and End keys? xmodmap does not work

On Windows, I used to bind Ctrl+Left to Home and Ctrl + Right to End via ahk. Now I'm struggling to achieve this behavior in Ubuntu. I've tried editing /etc/inputrc: "\e[1;5C": end-of-line ...
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Disable global keyboard shortcuts for specific application

Is it possible to disable the GNOME (version 2) global keyboard shortcuts for a specific application? I'm using the IntelliJ IDEA Java IDE under Ubuntu however some of the IDEA default keyboard ...
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Where have the Keyboard Layout Options gone in Ubuntu 13.10? [duplicate]

In Ubuntu 13.04 it was possible to disable the Caps Lock Key. It was also possible to make the key sequence Ctrl - Alt - Backspace to kill the X-server. That was all done using System Settings -> ...
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How to get numpad out of “mouse emulation” mode?

My numeric keypad has somehow got into a "mouse emulation" mode where the number keys just move the mouse pointer around (2 = down; 8 = up, 6 = right, etc). Anyone know how to make it work normally ...
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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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Default keys “1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0” to input “! @ # $ % ^ & * ( )”

Doing math homework on a full keyboard. Would like the top row to be the special characters without holding shift.
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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 do I get the Apple Wireless Keyboard Working in 10.10?

So I've gone and bought a Magic Mouse and Apple Wireless Non-Numeric Keyboard. The magic mouse worked out-of-the-box almost perfectly, except for the forward/back gesture which still isn't ...
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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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Clementine keyboard shortcuts not working

Does anyone else encounter problem with Clementine's keyboard shortcuts not working ? I have them assigned to but they do not work. Although for instance the shortcut to open preferences in ...
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Alt+Printscreen stopped working, how to find processes listening to events

Very odd issue today. I was going to post a thread about another issue and wanted to take a screenshot of a terminal window. I got it all prepped, hit Alt+Printscreen and nothing happened. I went ...