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

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Changing screen brightness

I have a hp pavilion dv6 with xubuntu installed. however there isn't a way to change the screen brightness, i tried the fn plus scroll keys to no avail, any ideas?
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How can I configure “mousekeys”?

Under 11.04, the option to control the pointer with the numpad was set in the Hardware/Keyboard settings page. How can I turn on mousekeys or configure them in newer releases?
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How do you swap the caps lock key to control key in lxde?

I know it is easy to this in Gnome, but how can I do it in LXDE?
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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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Enable keyboard media keys

I have one of those fancy keyboards with the extra media keys. For years, I more or less ignored them. Then my work got my a MacBook, and behold, I got spoiled. Now I want them to work when I'm ...
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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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Is there a keyboard shortcut to obtain a non-breaking hyphen?

I am writing Pandoc Markdown in the gedit text editor. From time to time, I need a non‑breaking hyphen. (By the way, the hyphen in the previous sentence is one!) So far, I have been copying ...
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Caps lock indicator not synced

I have a laptop which I hook up to an external display when I'm at home. I also connected an external keyboard and mouse which makes it more comfortable for me. I have noticed that pressing caps lock ...
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How can I type the “at” @ symbol on a Spanish keyboard?

I just finished installing Ubuntu on my AMD Athlon, but I cannot type the "at" sign. I'm from Peru and my Keyboard is Spanish. I have tried using Alt+64, Ctrl+Alt+2, Ctrl+Alt+Q, but nothing happens. ...
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VirtualBox Windows Key Pass Through To Gnome

I use a VirtualBox Windows 7 guest in seamless mode on an Ubuntu 12.04 linux host running Gnome 3. Under normal operation when VirtualBox is not running, pressing the Windows Key on the keyboard ...
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Create custom keyboard shortcut to send Super+2

I'm trying to set my numpad to be a media control centre. I want to have the 0 key pull up Clementine and bring it to the foreground. Right now I have it set to launch Clementine, but it just dances ...
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Password field of login screen is disabled

I'm using ubuntu 14.04, here in the 'login screen' the password field is disabled, this issue also occurs sometimes during 'lock screen'. I don't want to remove password from my account nor do i want ...
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How to remap CapsLock to Ctrl in Xubuntu 12.04?

I tried doing it like follows (in autostart): setxkbmap -option "ctrl:nocaps" and it works, but only for a while - then the setting is reset back to original state. How can I make it persistent? I ...
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Why did my keyboard stop working?

I have a machine running 11.04. Last night, everything was working fine, but this morning when I booted it, the keyboard wouldn't work. Pressing every key on it resulted in only one letter of input, ...
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Disable suspend when pressing fn+F4

I have a System 76 laptop with Oneiric. I just tried to turn the volume down using fn+F5 but I accidentally pressed fn+F4 and suspended the system instead. Is there a way to disable that so I won't ...
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How can I assign win-e to open my home folder?

In 11.10, I want to customize keyboard shortcuts. Especially, I want to assign win+e for opening the home folder with nautilus. (If I can open a specific folder other than the home folder, it is ...
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How do I define a file context options keyboard shortcut?

When selecting a file in Nautilus, I would like to see the context options of the file (mouse right click) using the keyboard and not the mouse. Example, when i iterate over the list of files in a ...
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How to make a hotkey for a series of keyboard commands?

I would like to be able to do Ctrl + S, Alt + Tab and F5 while only pressing Alt+Shift+S
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Can't change Capslock setting, always resets itself back to “Disabled”

So I disabled Capslock a while ago when I finally upgraded to 10.04 (via System ➜ Preferences ➜Keyboard ➜ Layout ➜ Options). Now, I simply want to set it to Make CapsLock an additional ESC. But ...
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Map Caps key to Super+Alt+Ctrl?

I think it would be very useful to have my own namespace of shortcut keys where pretty much nothing would ever conflict. For example, I could assign Caps+A to open Ask Ubuntu (or something similarly ...
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How do I turn off or repurpose the CAPSLOCK key?

Update: My main goal is to change the function (or even turn off) the CAPSLOCK key. At work, we have a long domain name. I'm lazy. I'd like to map my CAPSLOCK key to type out a string such as ...
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Super + D Ubuntu 14.04 [duplicate]

I have set from to minimize all windows settings to super + d button. Some time later this Super + D button does not works. When I check the setting i see that it is disabled. What should I do ...
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How to have sub-layouts of a specific keyboard layout in Ubuntu?

In Windows it is possible to arrange your keyboard layouts in 2 levels as following: 1. English: 1.1. English US 1.2. English UK 2. German And you are able to: a) switch directly between 1. ...
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logkeys not working in 12.04

After installing logkeys from synaptic, it does not work, hangs when trying to start, even the output file is not created. Compiling solves this particular problem, but the now the output file is ...
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Disable keyboard suspend key

How do I disable my keyboard's suspend key? My keyboard (Logitech k800) has a key for powering off the pc, in Ubuntu its working as a suspend button. I've tried assigning another shortcut to that ...
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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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Screen flickers in response to <Super>P, can't bind it to anything

I'm running Ubuntu 11.04 on ThinkPad Edge 11" and no matter what X session or wm I use, P makes widgets blank out for a fraction of a second. After a quick search through gconf and XF86 symbol tables ...
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xubuntu 14.04 keyboard layout uk gb

I've just updated my laptop to Xubuntu 14.04, and after the update my keyboard has changed to English-English(US). This is OK for most keys, but it swaps @ with ", and loses the pound sign (The ...
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Global Keyboard Shortcuts Broken in 14.04

I've just upgraded my distribution from 13.10 to 14.04, which seems to have broken global keyboard shortcuts. They are still present in the "Keyboard settings" as before. Although media keys are ...
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Keyboard language self switches

I'm on 13.10. I have an italian layout and sometimes while typing my layout self switches to soemthing different, and my modifiers (alt gr) do not work as expected anymore. I have to go to the ...
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How can I restore default keyboard shortcuts in 12.10? [duplicate]

This question has been asked already, but it doesn't seem to apply to Ubuntu 12.10. The file formats of /usr/share/gnome-control-center/keybindings/ has changed. I tried the script someone kindly ...
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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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Remap a mouse button to act as control key

I have the Logitech darkfeild mouse (the one that works on glass) and was wondering how I can remap one of my currently unused buttons (my zoom button) to function as a selected keyboard button ...
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Ctrl -C, Ctrl -V not working in different keyboard layout

When I am in English, Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V works fine when I need to copy paste. But when I turn to Greek, Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V and basically no shortcut almost works in Greek. So each time I have to alt ...
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Turn off spellcheck for cyrillic input in Empathy

I have spell check enabled for the english keyboard, but when I use serbian cyrillic keyboard, I want that feature turned off, because then all the words get underlined like i spelled them wrong How ...
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Map a key to another key as keyboard damaged

My @ or 2 key is not working. I want to set it like, if user press Alt + a or something the 2 should be inserted to the active window. I have achieved this in windows using Auto It. In ubuntu i saw ...
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USA keyboard layout keeps getting added on login

I use the USA International keyboard layout. Every time I log in, the USA layout gets added to my list of layouts, which causes the keyboard layout indicator to be displayed. How can I stop the USA ...
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How do I map the keyboard soft keys when they give no event notification?

I have a Silitek SK-2501B keyboard which has soft keys for volume and play pause and all that stuff. Only the mute and suspend button work. When I run the xev utility to determine the keycodes that ...
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`p` key doesn't work in X

Today I had to force-shutdown my machine after it froze during resume from suspend. Since the reboot, I've found that the p key doesn't work normally in X. It does work normally in the console. ...
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Ubutnu 14.04 installation issue - Keyboard and mouse not working

After installing the new Ubuntu version 14.04 LTS, the keyboard and mouse are not working. I have Ubuntu 10.10 installed and i want to update to the last version (14.04), so i installed the new ...
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How do I turn on wireless adapter on HP Envy dv6 7200 under Ubuntu (any version)?

I have a new HP Envy dv6 7200 with dual boot Windows 8 / Ubuntu 12.04. In windows, the F12 key in Windows activates the "airplane mode" switch which enables/disables both on-board (mini PCIe) and USB ...
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Getting on screen keyboard when click on text entry field

I have an acer iconia w500 tab that i installed ubuntu on. Its working great except one thing - when i click on a text entry field, the on screen keyboard does not pop up as did on windows. Anyone ...
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How do I switch the keyboard layout so that the Apple key is CTRL and the ~ works correctly?

How do I switch the keyboard layout in Ubuntu 11 so that the Apple key is CTRL and the ~ works correct? This is the specific keyboard I'm talking about: When I hit Shift-2 it returns a "
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Navigating between app icons in Unity with the keyboard

I just installed Ubuntu with Unity-2d inside VMWare. I press Super to search for an app, I start typing something like "te" and then get a bunch of apps. How do I navigate between them with the ...
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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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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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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS - Volume control keys

I've used Ubuntu 14.04 LTS for 3 weeks. My laptop's(Samsung RV510) function keys did work for volume changing until now. Yesterday they suddenly didn't work anymore when I turned on my computer. I ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 OS Keyboard Shortcuts Caught by Programs

I am trying to set alt+a to a keyboard shortcut within system preferences > keyboard shortcuts. I click to the shortcut I want to set so that it says "new accelerator," but hitting alt+a sends me back ...
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Functional Onscreen keyboard?

Is there a better ubuntu keyboard app than Onboard, one that is a decent competitor to the features of Android or Microsoft virtual keyboards? Specifically, I'd expect: Multi-touch: so you can hold ...
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Some keys act as a arrows or type numbers [closed]

I don't know what I did but now some keys from the keyboard are not typing the corresponding letter but move the cursor instead. The expected letter is typed if I press the fn key at the same time. ...