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

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Why don't the Function Key options and play/pause/volume work on a Mac Bluetooth Keyboard?

I am currently running Ubuntu 11.10 with all updates. I have been using Ubuntu very successfully on my MacBook Pro (5,5) for a few years now. I also have a Apple bluetooth keyboard. On the laptop ...
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How can I listen on global keypress event?

I want to create myself very tiny app, which will play a sound every time I press a key on my keyboard. I don't need to know which key on the keyboard was pressed, I just need to somehow know that it ...
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USB Keyboard works occasionally

A few days ago I bought a SL640 Hama USB keyboard to use on my laptop with Ubuntu 12.04. But I'm having problems, as it works one time out of 10! On my girlfriend's laptop, which runs Windows Vista, ...
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ubuntu 11.04 hangs at purple screen

I used to use Ubuntu with no issues. Since today, it just hangs at the purple screen forever. Also I couldn't try recovery mode as my keyboard doesn't work when I am shown the recovery options menu. ...
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Change text field editing in GNOME 3 to use Control and Meta keys like Emacs or bash

A while ago I did this on my Mac and I was able to use Emacs controls in all Cocoa Text Widgets. I'm a big Emacs user and it's really been great to do such lightning fast editing in email and web text ...
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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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How to bind play/pause key to Amarok?

I have some play/pause, stop, next etc. keys on my Dell Vostro 1510. These interact with Banshee but don't with Amarok. How can I bind the latter to those keys?
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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?
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How to connect a “calculator” button on a keyboard with a call of a calculator?

I have a calculator button on my keyboard. Under Windows it starts Windows calculator. But under Xubuntu (but with kubuntu-desktop) it starts nothing, it is inactive. To start a calculator I have to ...
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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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USB Keyboard doesn't work server installation 12.10

USB Keyboard doesn't work server installation 12.10. I can get till the language selection screen and later no response to keyboard. Need help.
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Keyboard randomly stops working. Switch to console mode and back fixes it

AS the title says I'm on 10.04 and sometimes the keyboard will just plain stop working. Mouse still works fine. A quick <Ctrl> + <Alt> + F4 then <Ctrl> + <Alt> + F7 and the ...
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Onscreen keyboard? (like OSX's Keyboard Viewer)

On OSX you can have an onscreen keyboard shown (Preferences > Language & Text > Input Sources > mark "Keyboard & Character Viewer". You'll then have a new icon in the menu bar with the item ...
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How do I change my keyboard layout while using xmonad?

So I have an IBM Thinkpad X31, running natty and xmonad as the window manager. The keyboard is Italian. I wish to use an American English keyboard mapping, all the time. How do I do this?
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How do I disable the “Fn” keys on a laptop?

I was wondering if anyone could tell me how to disable the fn key on my laptop?
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Reset Keyboard Preferences (14.04)

When I first installed Ubuntu it worked flawlessly and the sound control buttons on my keyboard worked as expected. But now I just configured volume up, volume down, and mute to other key combos but ...
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keyboard shortcut gnome-terminal (ctrl-tab) and (ctrl-shift-tab) in 12.04?

Keyboard shortcuts in gnome-terminal (Ctrl+Tab and Ctrl+Shift+Tab) in 12.04 don't seem to be working. Is there a setting that I dont know of?
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How do I make the Caps Lock key a third Shift key?

How do I make the Caps Lock key work just like another Shift key? There are loads of questions here about reassigning it, or having it launch a custom command. I just want it to work like another ...
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kile does not get keyboard input, respond to Alt+F

I use 11.10 with gnome 3 and Unity. In either case, I use two KDE apps a lot - kile and kate. Since the latest upgrade, I have observed a few problems: a] I can never use Alt+F to select the file ...
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Emulate mouse click when hitting a key

I am trying to emulate left-mouse-down when Home key is down and left-mouse-up when Home key is released. The reason behind that is my touchpad's buttons are terrible and I like to use the ...
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disable prtscr+alt gr+e , accidentally killing session

when i press the key combination: altr gr + prtscr + e my session gets killed, either x or a tty. i discovered this by (repeated) accident... this was not an issue for me before. my current laptop ...
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How can I use my keyboard as a mouse?

I'm using my keyboard more and more these days for basic command line stuff, vim editing, alt-tab window switching and the like. Q) How can I use my number pad keys to move the cursor around on the ...
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Stateless layout switching in Ubuntu 14.04

I use extensively two keyboard layouts (latin for English, and cyrillic for Ukrainian and Russian), and it bothers me to experience my mode errors because of the additional bit of UI state: the ...
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I cannot use non-letters keys (czech layout) in any application

Since I installed Ubuntu (13.04; before that I was using Windows) I haven't been able to use non-letters keys (such as 123[];/.,) in any application. When I was installing Ubuntu I chose Czech layout, ...
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Change aphostrohe with AltGr + P using xmodmap

I'm struggling with changing one keybind with xmodmap. AltGr + P outputs þ, but I would like to change it to output '. xmodmap -pm outputs: xmodmap: up to 4 keys per modifier, (keycodes in ...
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my touchpad and keyboard in labptop is notworking in ubuntu 13.04

i am using dell inspiron n5110 , in this touch pad and keyboard is not working in Ubuntu 13.04, but it is perfectly working in the window
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Alt+Ctrl behavior different from Ctrl+Alt?

Specifically I am trying to use the workspace switching shortcut Ctrl+Alt+←↑→↓. They work fine when I press Alt then Ctrl then an Arrow key, but not when I do Ctrl then Alt. This ...
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Mac Keyboard Backlight ubuntu 12.04

Running Ubuntu 12.04, I can't get the keyboard backlight on a Macbook Pro (mid 2012) to turn on. When I press the brightness button, the display shows up on full but the lights do not turn on. It ...
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After I log in, one letter (lowercase t) isn't working? [closed]

As weird as it sounds, my 't' key works for login (it is part of my password) but once I am logged in it doesn't work in lower case in any app or at the command line. I have rebooted twice. I am ...
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When running Minecraft with OpenJDK, my keyboard becomes unresponsive?

I recently downloaded Minecraft with the .jar format and had it running on my computer not so long ago. Now that I'm using my desktop instead of laptop temporarily, I want it to run. On my laptop it ...
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How do I disable or change the “ Alt+` ” shortcut to switch between multiple windows of a single application?

On Ubuntu 12.04, how do I disable or change the Alt+` shortcut which lets you switch between multiple windows of a single application? (see below for Terminal example) My Windows VM in Korean needs ...
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Remapping the AltGr key to Control with setxkbmap

Is there a way to remap the AltGr key to Ctrl with setxkbmap? I've already checked the option section in "/usr/share/X11/xkb/rules/base.lst" but I didn't find an entry for AltGr... I also tried ...
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swap two keys using xmodmap

My "return" key is broken. I followed the instructions here: http://www.ehow.com/how_2180748_command-linux-swap-keyboard-keys.html - hoping to reassign my | key as the new return key. My .xmodmaprc ...
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Which keyboard layout do I choose on installation

When installing I am presented a rather lengthy list of keyboard layouts to choose from: Choosing the default layout on top of the list seems fine but I am wondering what differences there are ...
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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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Using Xmodmap, my shift lock now acts as both a shift lock and a compose key. I just want it to work as a compose key. What can I do?

I have two Xmodmap files. First one: keycode 8 = keycode 9 = Escape NoSymbol Escape keycode 10 = ampersand 1 ampersand 1 bar exclamdown bar keycode 11 = eacute 2 eacute 2 at oneeighth at ...
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Mouse and keyboard input stutter 13.10 only on AC power [closed]

I'm using 13.10 on an ASUS n550jv. After resuming from suspend today, the mouse and keyboard stutter and freeze. I move the mouse around and it's extremely choppy. If I'm typing, suddenly characters ...
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Enable @ with alt+64

I wanted to know if there is a way to enable @ by pressing alt+64 like in Windows. I use both Spanish and English keyboard so I find it useful.
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Some function keys stop working

I have some problem with my built in (also externeal) keybord. Function keys (volume up/down, mute) and polish characters (right alt) are not working anymore. Right alt behave in the same way as left ...
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Remap keyboard using xmodmap but when press to change keyboard layout all settings are reset to default

I tried to map key following this guide How do I remap certain keys?. It's work for me. but one problem that i found is when i change keyboard layout (alt+shift) all keys will be reset to default. ...
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How to put the 'Ctrl' key over the 'Win' key in Ubuntu 13.10?

In previous versions of Ubuntu, one could allow the keyboard option to map the Ctrl key on the ⌘ Win key. This is very useful for users who constantly have to switch between OS X and Ubuntu. Is there ...
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How to change keyboard layout to Finnish, but keep language in English?

I'm able to set either everything Finnish or everything English. I want to have Finnish keyboard layout, but the OS language in English. How to do this? In the previous releases I didn't have to do ...
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Set Context Menu key to function as Right Control

Dell notebooks in Brazil and possibly other countries no longer ship with a right control key. This is bad for ergonomics, so I would like to set the context menu key to function as right control. ...
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Remapping keys on Apple keyboard

I'm using the German Apple keyboard for both MacOS X and Ubuntu 12.10. $ lsbusb ... Bus 002 Device 004: ID 05ac:0250 Apple, Inc. MP110Z/B I've successfully remapped the exchanged < and ^ ...
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Apple Alu keyboard Hungarian layout 0 and í swapped

I'm using a Hungarian Apple Alu keyboard. It works well, apart from that the 0 and the í keys are swapped. I read here that it could be re-mapped with an .Xmodmap file in the home folder. What I ...
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Keyboard not responding at login on Toshiba Satellite L775

Just created a separate partition to load Ubuntu 12.04 as a dual boot on a Toshiba Satellite L775. OS installed perfectly and is running flawlessly. The keyboard is not responding at login screen ...
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Keyboard shortcuts not working in gnome-shell 3.2?

I was wondering if keyboard shortcuts (like Alt+F1, Alt+F2) support is removed from gnome shell 3.2? If not then I'm missing something as I can't seem to use them.
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Keyboard not working after suspend to ram (sleep)

On a Sony Vaio VGN CS21S the keyboard doesn´t work after suspend to ram. Suspend to disk (hibernate) works though. Running a fresh install of Natty with Unity.
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Change Keybindings (hardware to software)

I ran a search for this, but the answers I saw were referring to something altogether different than what I'm asking for. So let me clarify: I'm not asking how to change key-combo shortcuts. I'm ...
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Ctrl+T doesn't create a new tab anymore

Pretty new to Ubuntu, I tried to change some keyboard shortcut. So I assigned under the System > Preferences > Keyboard Shortcuts Ctrl+T to an operation. Then I realised that with chrome Ctrl+T was ...