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How do I remap certain keys or devices?

I'm searching for a way to remap certain keys in ubuntu. i.e. I'd like to change PgUp to Home or PgDown to End. Does a built-in command or a tool exist reassign keys in Ubuntu/GNOME?
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How do I disable the on-screen keyboard in the unlock screen?

Somehow, I activated the on-screen keyboard (Onboard) in the unlock screen and I can't deactivate it now. I've restarted the computer, but it's still there in the unlock screen. How can I deactivate ...
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How do I remap the caps lock key?

In the past the past I used to use xmodmap to prevent the Caps Lock button from working, and then tell Launchy to handle the key press instead. I can't seem to do this anymore. What is the best way ...
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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 detect a keylogger on my system?

How could I know if there's a keylogger in my system, or at least if one is active right now?
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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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Where can I buy a keyboard with an Ubuntu logo on the super key?

Anyone knows where I can get a keyboard to buy with the Ubuntu logo on the super key? If not where can I get some durable small plastic Ubuntu logos about 8 to 9 mm in diameter that I can use to glue ...
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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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Can I define keyboard shortcuts using the Super key?

In 10.04, I had a lot of keyboard shortcuts defined using Super/Mod4 and one single other key, Super+O ran Opera Super+W opened Nautilus pointing to my Work folder, etc. In 11.04, these do not ...
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How do I disable the Unity keyboard shortcut overlay?

Is it possible to disable keyboard shortcut overlay in Ubuntu 12.04?
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Typing “↑” (upwards arrow) with a keyboard shortcut

When I'm programming, I find useful to use some unicode symbol like ← ↓ → to indicate in comments different things. In ubuntu I can type ← ↓ → respectively with ALT GR + Y, ALT GR + U, ALT GR + I. ...
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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 do I turn off the onscreen keyboard on the lock screen? [duplicate]

The lock screen has an on screen keyboard that I am unable to disable. I don't remember exactly but I believe I turned it on using the "Screen Keyboard" setting in the Universal Access settings. I've ...
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How to programmatically swap the caps lock and esc keys?

I am a heavy Vim user and one of the first things I do when I start working on a clean ubuntu installation is to swap the caps lock and esc keys to reduce hand movements over the keyboard. So far I ...
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Where does Ubuntu store its keyboard shortcut configuration?

Is there a place in "Ubuntu" that stores a complete list of what keys/combinations/shortcuts are bound to what? What are Unity's keyboard and mouse shortcuts? list some "Unity" shortcuts to the ...
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How can I reach over 100% volume with a keyboard shortcut?

sometimes the sound of videos isn't enough for me. so i reach the sound indicator , over sound preferences and change it to a level higher than 100%. the question is how can i do it from the keyboard? ...
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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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Disable XF86Back and XF86Forward (browser back/forward on Lenovo Thinkpad)

My Thinkpad R500 has back/forward keys just about the direction keys, so on Firefox I keep losing entered text, accidentally. How to disable these back/forward keys? Excerpt from xev: KeyPress ...
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How are key codes mapped to the appropriate action?

After figuring out how to change the mapping of scan codes to key codes using udev, see this question, I was wondering how those key codes (or events if you will) are mapped to the appropriate action. ...
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How do I fix F10, F11 and F12?

What software are related to the Keyboard? or the Keyboard configuration? Problem It's local, only at my account. It doesn't help If I try the reassign the keys they still won't work. Info My ...
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Print Screen key doesn't work if a drop-down menu is active [closed]

On 11.10, I don't get a screengrab when pressing the Print Screen button on my keyboard if I have activated a drop down menu. For example, in nautilus, I can click the File menu and press the print ...
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How to change the binding of Windows key which runs Unity's Dash?

Currently, I am using the Unity Qt panel in my Gnome desktop, and when I press the Windows key, the Unity's dash launches, and I can't use any compiz based shortcuts. Same behaviour is exhibited ...
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How do I clear xmodmap settings?

Exactly what the title asks. How do I clear xmodmap settings? I have an IBM model M, and somehow xkeycaps got it into its head that my "End" key was not any key at all. xev reports keypresses when I ...
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Messaging Menu Keyboard Shortcut

In previous versions of Ubuntu, Super+M would open the messaging menu. In 11.04, the Super key is captured by the launcher. I have yet to find a way to quickly open the messaging menu from the ...
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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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How does one set up a MIDI keyboard

I would like to set up my keyboard via my midi-sport 2x2, I've plugged everything in and even installed the midisport-firmware package which was not automatically installed for some reason. The goal ...
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How can I use the Windows (Super) key?

The Windows key seems to not have any use in Ubuntu, but since I'm just coming from Windows I'm used to this key having some function. How can I make good use of the Windows key in Ubuntu? I've seen ...
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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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Multiple keyboards with different layouts

I have ubuntu (11.04) running on a recent macbook pro. I use both the built in keyboard and an external keyboard. I want to remap capslock on both keyboards to super, and I want to swap left-alt (mac ...
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Moving windows from the keyboard

Is it possible to move windows from the keyboard itself without touching the mouse? I know I can do a Alt + Left Click and drag the window, however I am hoping there is something I can use to move it ...
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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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Dell Inspiron N5110 Keyboard & Touchpad

                                                                    I have Dell Laptop " N 5110 " How do make 2 finger scrolling work + 2 fingers zoom in & zoom out work How to Fn + f3 To ...
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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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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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How to add a keyboard modifier state applet to Unity panel?

I am a KDE user thinking about moving to Unity. Due to manual disability, I use sticky keys and in KDE I have an applet in the system panel which shows which modifier keys are active. I remember that ...
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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Keyboard not working 100% after Ubuntu 13.10 upgrade

If this has already been asked, my apologies, I did not find it before writing this. So please do point me to the correct page. Anyway, I have this weird issue on my laptop right now. The keyboard ...
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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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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 do I remap the Caps Lock and Ctrl keys?

I'd like to remap my keys such that Ctrl behaves as the Caps Lock key and vice-versa. Also, if possible I'd like the settings to be available only within the currently logged-in user. How can I ...
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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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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 ...