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

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'on-screen keyboard' error after upgrading from 9.04 to 9.10

I recently upgraded ubuntu from 9.04 to 9.10. well some of the keys of my keyboard don't work properly so i always hit up terminal an use on screen keyboard 'onboard' But when i have upgraded ubuntu ...
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How can I configure Ubuntu/GNOME to accomodate my keyboard/mouse habits from Windows?

I've primarily used Windows, but recently switched to Ubuntu/GNOME at work. In my Windows setup, the context menu is triggered on the release of the right mouse button; in my Ubuntu/GNOME setup, it's ...
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How can I enable Ctrl+Alt+Backspace?

Ctrl+Alt+← can usually be set to restart X, however I can't find the option to allow this (it is disabled by default). I have looked in System->Preferences->Keyboard and ...
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How can I create automated keyboard scripts?

Is it possible to do the following in Ubuntu? If so can someone point me in the right direction. Say you want to set a keyboard shortcut to do the following: For examples sake, set Alt+F to open ...
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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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How to auto-expand ALL sub-directory levels in Nautilus tree view, via the keyboard?

In Nautilus tree-view, pressing * (asterisk) expands the selected directory structure by ONE level. Pressing * again will expand the structure by one more level. ...etc, etc, untl all levels are ...
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Start with interactive console shell

This is a follow up question to my prior thread. This solution works very well. However, after booting up, I only see a blinking cursor. Crtl+Alt+FX, where X=1..4 e.g. invokes a root Shell. I want ...
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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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What is causing my spacebar to randomly stop working?

A couple of times a day, I'll be typing something and realise I can't type spaces. Usually the cursor will flicker instead when I press the spacebar, and I can type all other letters as far as I can ...
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change my remote controls keys

I have problems changing my remotes keys. The rc has a joystick for controlling the mouse cursor. After connecting the rc to my computer everything works fine, but the shortcuts are made for Windows ...
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Is there a way to completely remove the keyboard layout from the indicator?

I need to completely remove the indicator, no flags, no abbr. nothing! I was able to do it in 10.04 using a gconf key that has no scheme and I heard that a proper scheme will be available in 10.10 but ...
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Keyboard shortcut for pasting the primary selection

Is there a standard or conventional keyboard shortcut for pasting the primary selection? I'd like to select some text and go to another app to paste without trashing my clipboard contents. I'd ...
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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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Changing media key defaults in Gnome

Under XFCE, I had option to set my keyboard media keys to run particular programs or scripts. I understand the options to adjust the Keyboard Shortcuts under Gnome, but how do I change the default ...
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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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Letting modifier keys act as toggles under X

Is there any way to let the Shift, Ctrl and Alt keys behave as toggles under X? I know how one could do it under CLI (for example, by doing this) but found no reference for doing so under X. Please ...
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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 do I fix an 'unknown key' issue so the key works as expected?

Several special keys, most importantly the 'eject' button, are not working on my keyboard. The only way I can eject my DVD drive is by opening up a terminal and typing 'eject'. When I press the ...
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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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Numeric keypad not working

I am running Ubuntu 10.04, fully updated, from an external USB hard drive. Everything works really well, except the keyboard. The numeric keypad is not working. The keys don't do anything, with or ...
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Swap capslock and control in virtual consoles

I'm using System > Preferences > Keyboard > Layout > Options > Ctrl key position > Swap Ctrl and CapsLock, which works great for X. How can I get the same for virtual consoles (Ctrl+Alt+F1, etc.)?
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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 make a keyboard layout permanent

I'm currently working on a Ubuntu machine that has been set up by a user using a German keyboard layout. I prefer another one and changed it using the "Keyboard" dialog (I even deleted the old one). ...
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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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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 ...
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How to change “Menu Key” to Ctrl

I know the easy ways to remap caps lock, etc, but I haven't found out how to change my Menu key to be an additional Ctrl key. Anyone know how to do this? Thanks.
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How to turn off calling help on F1?

I am playing ADOM right now and under F1 button there is very aggressive tactic, which is extremaly useful when you are fighting on distance. Right now I can't use it, because help dialog pops up. How ...
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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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Conveniently switch between Apple and PC keyboard (swap Windows and Alt keys)

I alternate between a Unicomp clicky keyboard by day, and the Apple bluetooth keyboard by night. The Apple keyboard physically swaps the Alt and Windows keys. How do I counteract this? Also, how can ...
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How can I map a character to a key combination?

I'm a bit of a fan of the interrobang (‽), but it obviously is not on my keyboard. How can I map that character to a key combination?
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Keyboard/Mouse not recognised during installation [closed]

I have a Logitech MX5000 keyboard/mouse combo. I'm using the Logitech Bluetooth dongle, and I use it in USB emulation mode (not native bluetooth). I tried to install Ubuntu 10.04 using WUBI. After ...
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Is there a keyboard-centric desktop/WM available?

I know of the awesome window manager, which after some customization may suit my desires, but I was wondering if there is a keyboard-centric desktop environment that doesn't require too much tweaking ...
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What are some useful keyboard shortcuts? [closed]

I would like to learn some useful keyboard short cuts. I have become a ninja of keyboard short cuts in Windows. Any must have tips for Ubuntu? Feel free to include Ubuntu defaults or custom ones ...
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How can one get more than 12 commands in Compiz->Commands? [closed]

How can one get more than 12 comands in Compiz->Comands? It's mainly for screen bindings.
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Input language switching keys only accept shift-alt instead of alt-shift [closed]

On my Ubuntu UNR install, for some reason, I'm only able to switch the input language if I press Shift and then Alt. This is quite the opposite of what usually works -- on Windows and other ...
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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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How do I reset my keyboard layout?

How can I reset my keyboard layout after modifying it with xkbcomp? Is there a way to do this without restarting X?