Questions about keyboard shortcuts: both which ones to use and how to create custom shortcuts.

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Where is “Show position of the mouse when the Control key is pressed” [duplicate]

I am using Ubuntu 13.04. CTRL Key in VirtualBox is not working for me, that's because the "Show position of the mouse..." is hogging the CTRL key. I don't see an option to disable this in the Mouse ...
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Why does Wireless function key not effect the wireless card but only Bluetooth?

My wireless card is switched off at start up of my computer and I cannot switch it on with function key. It only switches on or off the Bluetooth instead. Is there any other key that opens the ...
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Changes in GUI behavior after update

[Ubuntu 12.04 32-bit, Unity 5.18.0] On Friday morning I installed the recommended software updates, as I always do (list included at the end of this message). The next day, after rebooting, the GUI ...
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What does successively pressing the Ctrl key twice do?

I am using Ubuntu 12.10. See this short video of what actually shows up on screen when we successively press the Ctrl key twice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFZTnNH5nIs What does it do? Is it a ...
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Is there a fancy vertical notification OSD that works for both ALSA and pulseaudio?

Is there a fancy way to get the volume notification OSD to work with both pulseaudio and ALSA? Right now the standard desktop ones only work with pulseaudio for me. How about a vertical OSD that I can ...
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Who is starting xbindkeys?

When I restart my computer, xbindkeys is launched but it doesn't work right. If I kill it and then manually start it with nohup xbindkeys, it works fine. I think it'll work fine if I put it into my ...
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Binding F1 key to workspace1 and so on

I've always bound the F{1..4} keys to quickly switch between workspaces. Now the F1 shortcut is stuck to the help popup ("user & system settings"). I've tried different options, the best I could ...
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Make an app receive all keyboard events (or as many as possible)

Every once in a while, I come across a piece of some useful software that has hardcoded keyboard shortcuts that conflict with my system wide keyboard shortcuts. It seems to me like there's some sort ...
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Super key shortcuts “unresponsive” when configured via Custom Shortcuts

When I set custom shortcuts from Keyboard / Shortcuts / Custom Shortcuts, all of the ones set to use Super key (e.g. Super + 1, set to open a text file using the default text editor) have a weird ...
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permanently configuring windows to ignore ALT

I use Blender a lot (not as much as I used to but still heavily at times). It relies on utilizing the ALT key to move around within a scene. Unity uses ALT to grab windows and allow you to move them ...
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Setting to let mouse events pass through GUI application

I am using compiz to make an app transparent. I would like to be able to click through the app as well. Q: There are any settings in the GUI (Compiz) or via CLI to be able to set up an application ...
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Prevent a fullscreen game from disabling the volume control keys

I just installed Puddle which automatically goes to full-screen when you start it. As soon as it starts, the keyboard shortcuts for increasing/decreasing the volume (Fn+F5 and Fn+F6) stop working. (I ...
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Alt-Tab stopped working after upgrade to QQ / 12.10

I recently upgraded from PP to QQ which broke the ability to switch between running applications by pressing Alt+Tab which is such a showstopper I never believed could ever be. The affected host is a ...
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Ctrl-Super-Right doesn't work in 12.10

Noticed today that the default Unity setting for keywords to partially maximize windows to left or right partially works in my laptop. My Ubuntu is totally updated. Any idea on how to fix that?
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My additional usb keyboard has strange behaviour when using the windows key

The usb keyboard that I have connected to my Dell E6430 running ubunthu 12.04 with gnome 3 does not open the activites overlay when i press the Windows key on the usb keyboard. It works just fine ...
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How can I change what keys on my keyboard do? (How can I create custom keyboard commands/shortcuts?)

I want to change the key bindings on some of the keys on my keyboard. I want some to run commands and others to activate different keys. What applications can I use to do this? Index: ...
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Bind Super + Numpad 4 [duplicate]

I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 and would like to rebind Super + Num4 to "Put window on the left side of the screen" Based upon this question, I was able to setup my binding using the CompizConf Grid ...
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Clipboard manager with “history paste” support?

I am looking for a clipboard manager, but I don't want one that just keeps a list so I can select an item to bring it to the front of the clipboard, nah, that's too easy. What I am looking for is a ...
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How to modify which keys make the grub menu appear

Sometime I need to access grub. I have the timeout to 0 but I can still call the grub menu by pressing ESC or leaving SHIFT pressed. What I want is to change that so for example, to get the grub menu ...
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How do I switch between Kwin Window tabs?

How do you switch tabs when you attach a window as the tab of another? I wasn't able to find the corresponding KWin shortcuts to modify. I have realized that scrolling over the titlebar works, but is ...
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How to make Shutter as the default screenshot tool?

I have shutter 0.90 on my Ubuntu 12.04 machine (installed via PPA). I would like to use it as my default screenshot tool with the Print shortcut key. But I can't find the option in Shutter. It should ...
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How to free the Print key

I would like to use the Print key for my own purpose. By default, it is bound to various screenshot functions. I tried the following, which did not work: [System settings] [keyboard] [shortcuts] ...
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How do I change the copy and paste keyboard shortcuts on Lubuntu 12.10?

I have Lubuntu 12.10 installed on my macbook pro and I am new to linux. I want to change the Lubuntu keyboard shortcuts for copying and pasting. I want to change Ctrl+C to Cmd+C and to change Ctrl+V ...
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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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Disabling All Keyboard Shortcuts Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Hey I want to lock down Ubuntu so that it only has access to chrome and the ability to logout. Is there a way to get rid of all keyboard shortcuts? Thanks for your help!
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Something has stolen my Ctrl+Shift+F12 shortcut key after a recent update. How can I find out what has stolen it?

I use this shortcut regularly inside IntelliJ IDEA. And now it is stolen by something else. It is not displayed in the Keybaord settings, and I couldn't find it with gconf-editor. Any ideas what app ...
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Stop Ubuntu keyboard shortcuts from “resurrecting”

I use a good deal of the default Ubuntu shortcuts as shortcuts in Emacs (Alt-Space being the most important). I obviously have disabled these shortcuts in the keyboard shortcuts dialog, but for ...
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Remap shortcut to a single key cannot be used

I want to remap my workspace switcher shortcut to a single key, specifically the Page Up/Page Down keys for going to the top/bottom workspace. But Ubuntu will not let me do this using System settings ...
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Re-map 'Super' key to launch an app

how could I re-map the 'Super' (left) key to launch an app? I want to launch Synapse with it, which is far more responsive than the Unity launcher. Cheers.
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Alt+F2 doesn't display the Run Command Prompt in GNOME Shell

I have Ubuntu 12.04 LTS AMD64 and GNOME Shell 3.4.1 and for some reason the Alt+F2 keys stopped displaying the Run Command Prompt when pressed. Now, I've seen the other answers that point you to ...
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Keyboard shortcut reset every other reboot

I'm all for using default shortcuts for basic task — you'll avoid conflict and know the default keys when using another Ubuntu computer. One exception is the minimize window keyboard shortcut: ...
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xubuntu 12.10 how do shortcuts (technically) trigger actions. Trying to debug shortcut randomly stop working

Keyboard shortcuts randomly stops working, it appears to primarily affect shortcuts involving the Alt-key. I have seen this issue in 12.04 as well. I'm now trying to research the issue in more ...
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Fn + numpad not working on XPS M1530

I have a Dell XPS M1530 with Xubuntu 12.10. My Fn + Up Arrow and Down Arrow for adjusting screen brightness work perfectly fine, but using the Fn key with the function numpad does not work. These used ...
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Problem with remapped key when changing between languages

I've remapped a certain key (` to w) with this way: xmodmap -e "keycode 49 = w" I use Greek language, not only English and I change between languages with ALT+SHIFT. When I turn the keyboard ...
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How to emulate the super key?

I use an extremely old retro-keyboard.... " TVS 101.PC-XT" This keyboard has only 101 keys (AlphaNumeric, NumPad, FunctionKeys); And I don't intent to change it for I am very comfortable with it ! ...
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Keyboard shortcut for Gnome-Terminal profile change?

I have two profiles in my Gnome Terminal, one uses specific image for background. Would like to switch between them when I enter/exit Vim. So far, I do this by Alt+t and navigating to the other ...
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How do I open the Application Launcher on KDE with just the meta (“Windows”) key?

How do I open the application launcher ("start menu") of Kubuntu with my Windows key? Similar to how the Start menu in Windows is opened. I don't want to use Alt+F1.
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Re-map Alt+drag in Unity. I need it for Inkscape

I need Alt+drag for some of Inkscape function, instead of just draggin my current window, how do I re-map "drag window" key to another shorcut?
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How do the keyboard shortcuts for Ubuntu (with Unity) compare to those of Windows?

Until today, I was using Windows. Now I have migrated to Ubuntu 12.10. What are the keyboard shortcuts for basic commands like copy, cut and paste? How do they differ from Windows?
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How to unassign Alt key from window context menu in GNOME

When I use GNOME Shell, and GNOME Connectin Manager program, and trying Alt+S in MidnightCommander (all inside GNOME Connection Manager), I get window context menu opened, instead of "search action" ...
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Emacs-like keybindings system-wide?

Is there a way to set Emacs-like keyboard shortcuts (at least the subset mentioned below) for the whole OS? This is possible in some apps such as the terminal, Emacs (go figure :) and additionally ...
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workspace selector + mission control

Is it possible to have something like the mac's mission control but working for all the workspaces? I mean: right now I can choose the workspace with <super>s and the windows inside a given ...
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Ctrl + Shift + Del key combination not working in Chromium's New Tab page [closed]

The default key combination for clearing browsing data in Chromium (Ctrl+⇧Shift+Del) isn't working when the New Tab page is open and in focus: I press the keys and nothing happens. If I click the ...
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“ctrl+space” has been bound to invoke some input method and does not work in Emacs or Eclipse auto-complete

In Emacs run in terminal, ctrl+space is a standard shortcut key to select region. But under Ubuntu 12.04, it will invoke some input method for non-English language. I was wondering if I can reserve it ...
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How to use ESC key for Emacs

When typing Esc within an Emacs window under Unity (Emacs 23 standard package), the sound is turned on/off, but Emacs does not receive the key. How can I change (probably) unity such that the Esc ...
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Geany - what's the shortcut for inserting curly brackets?

As it is written above. I came across that shortcut a few times but unfortunately I can't recall it because I found it not very useful. Now I've changed my mind and I was searching through web but ...
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“Wireless disabled by hardware switch” after suspend and other hardware buttons ineffective - how can I solve this?

I have recently purchased a Novatech nFinity N1410 laptop and am having problems with the wireless, which sudo lshw -C network tells me is Centrino Wireless-N 2230 and using the iwlwifi driver. ...
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What commands will change my screen's brightness?

I'm trying to re-keybind some of my function keys as I never use them for multimedia purposes, however I'm not sure as to what command I'd need to put it to increase/reduce the brightness, I'm talking ...
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How to toggle wireless using a script

My laptop comes with the option to toggle wireless with the Fn+F12 key, but unfortunately this key doesn't work. Now inspired by this question, I would like to write a script that can toggle the ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 Keyboard Shortcut without use of modifier key

Currently it seems you cannot enter keyboard shortcut combinations without the use of a modifier key. Is there any way to circumvent this, ie. a configuration file that I could manually enter these ...