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

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How can I change the window movement key when using Unity 2D?

The default window movement key (alt) conflicts with several programs that I use fairly often. I'm sure some users find this key binding useful but I really need to change it to something else so that ...
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How to disable alt-f1 / alt-f2 shortcuts?

I can assign Alt+F1 and Alt+F2 to any function I like in the keyboard configuration window, but its not beeing used. Alt+F1 is always 'dash home' and Alt+F2 is always 'run'
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How to set right Alt to work as a Win(Super) key?

Although there are lots of different articles how to change the left Alt to simulate win , I want to map the right Alt to do so. I want to move to 11.10, I fall back to unity 2d and dont have a win ...
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emacs keybindings in ubuntu 12.04 [duplicate]

I am trying to get Emacs-like Keybindings in GTK, Firefox, Chrome, etc. I have followed the directions recommended here (and in lots of places) but to no effect. In other words, I added ...
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How do I delete multiple lines in nano without affecting the clipboard?

I can select all file by going to the 1st line Alt+\, start marking the text by Alt+A, go to the last line by Alt+/ But there, I don't know which key to remove the selected text. Hit delete doesn't ...
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Custom keyboard shortcuts in gedit

Since I spend a lot of time on my laptop, I've gotten used to using keyboard shortcuts for everything. I want to be able to switch from tab to tab of opened documents in gedit by pressing Ctrl+Tab ...
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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 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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How to change the shortcut to move windows from Alt to Super/Meta?

I use graphics software like GIMP, Inkscape & Blender extensively for my business. But most of them require the use of the Alt key in some way or the other. Come Ubuntu 11.10, I haven't been able ...
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Is there a way to set shortcut-keys for specific opened windows in Gnome?

I'm using Ubuntu 10.10 and I always have opened windows: Browser, console, vim and Skype. I want to set specific shortcut-keys for those windows. Is there a way to use for example: Win-C = Google ...
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Keyboard shortcut for Lockscreen not working

I tried the combination CTRL+ALT+L or L but it is not working. But if I select the menu item LockScreen from setting drop down it works. Any thoughts on how to fix keyboard shortcut? Thanks.
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Keyboard shortcut to focus on (idle) terminal

I would like to know, if there is possible to use keyboard shortcut to focus on first idle (non working) terminal window in unity (13.10)? Something like Ctr+Alt+T, but before opening the new instance ...
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Align windows with keyboard shortcuts? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a shortcut to tile windows to left or right side of the screen? I'm running 12.04 inside VMWare Workstation. Windows 7 provides a very useful feature: use ...
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How to switch 'default' sound device controlled by hardware keys in Xubuntu?

I installed xubuntu-desktop on a 12.04 Ubuntu upgrade after finding Gnome3 lacking. I've mostly been happy, but I've found an odd and frustrating bug. My laptop has two sound 'outputs' - an HDMI-out ...
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Map caps-lock key to middle mouse click

Since I rarely use caps-lock, I'd like to map the key to a middle mouse click instead. I would also like to map Alt+Caps Lock to the original function of the caps lock key, should I ever need it. I ...
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How to get back the ALT +TAB functionality? [duplicate]

I lost the Alt+Tab functionality. How to get it back? Note: I m using Ubuntu 12.04 without Unity I m using Gnome classic (no effects) session so the Unity plug-in is deselected in compizconfig ...
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How do I launch a bash script using a keyboard shortcut?

Just like the title says, how do I launch a bash script in my ~/Downloads folder using a keyboard shortcut? I've tried binding cd ~/Downloads && ./bash-script.sh to different accelerators (ex. ...
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How to stop Mod4-P from switching the display?

I use Ctrl-P very frequently to scroll backward in the command history, but I often mistype it as Mod4-P, which is bound to the switch display function. I've searched around Keyboard shortcuts and ...
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How to list Compiz keybindings in use?

Other than looking though each active plugin and manually searching for keybindings / keyboard-shortcuts in use by compiz, is there a 'simple' way to gather this information? i.e. Some panel that ...
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Remap Caps Lock key to 'Run Command' (Alt+F2)

I'm trying to get rid of the Caps Lockkey and give it a better use. Since I constantly use the run command Alt+F2, I'd like to make Caps Lock trigger that action. I've found a couple of questions ...
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Custom keyboard shortcuts are reset. How can I make them set permanently?

I'm having a problem with both Ubuntu 12.04 and 12.10 with custom keyboard shorcuts. They are reset after a while (I can't find a pattern but it seems to be when a massive upgrade happens). It happend ...
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How to move windows around and between monitors, using keyboard short cuts?

On MS Windows we can use Super + Arrow to move a window to the right and the left of the screen, maximize, minimize and even move it to another screen. Is there a way to configure this feature on ...
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Dvorak layout with Qwerty hotkeys (Dvorak — Qwerty Ctrl)

How can I use Qwerty hotkeys with the Dvorak keyboard layout? For example I want C to map to J, but Ctrl + C to remain as Ctrl + C. The dvorak-qwerty program is supposed to do this, but does not work ...
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How to have two sets of shortcut keys for Compiz grid commands “Put Left” and “Put Right”?

I would like to have two shortcuts each for "Put Left" and "Put Right" for positioning windows in the left and right position. Specifically, I would like the default keys as well as some custom keys ...
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Is it possible to place windows with keyboard shortcuts in Xfce?

With Compiz in Unity, I could press Ctrl+Alt+6 to place a window on the right-half of the screen, Ctrl+Alt+4 to place it on the left half, Ctrl+Alt+7 to place it in the top left quarter of the screen, ...
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Make wmctrl ignore other-than-current workspace's windows

I rely on wmctrl a lot to switch between windows, basically to avoid typing alt-tab many times. I've always used one workspace but now I want to begin using more than one. I was wondering if it is ...
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Command to launch an application or to show its window if already launched

I want to create a shorcut to 1) launch an application if it has not been launched yet, and 2) to show (or to bring to the front) the window of the app if it has already been launched. For example: ...
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Custom keyboard shortcut to lauch a terminal and run a command in Unity

I know this should be the simplest thing, but coming up empty. ;-( I would like to create a keyboard shortcut ctrl-alt-P that opens a terminal window and runs a ping command: ping -c 4 ...
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In a “Save as … ” dialog, what's the quickest way to keyboard-navigate to “Recently Used” in the “Places” side-pane of Nautilus?

With this and this in mind, what's the quickest way to keyboard-navigate to "Recently Used" in the "Places" side-pane in a (Nautilus) "Save as ... " dialog? Currently, the quickest ( ! ) way I know ...
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How-to specify power button to do a 'shutdown -h now' instead of graphical shutdown menu?

I would like to specify that when I press the power button in my laptop, a 'shutdown -h now' command is sent, instead of bringing up the graphical shutdown menu. How can I do that on Ubuntu 11.10?
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How to remove shortcut key for Unity , which is “Meta” key on keyboard

I'm a big fan of Meta key , but in Unity interface , by pressing that key , unity's interface will show up , hindered further action with that key , e.g Meta + Tab. Without hacking its source code , ...
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Is there a keyboard shortcut to open the Indicator Applet?

How can I get here using keyboard shortcuts?
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Disable shift-delete for file deletion

As an re-education procedure in order to reduce (likely) future data loss, I wish to disable the Shift+Del functionality to delete files in Ubuntu (11.10 and 12.04). Also, if I could replace it with a ...
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What feature is at play when Ctrl+Shift+Alt+U,E “types” an unprintable hex 000E?

I tend to use Ctrl+Shift+Alt for my customized system-wide keybindings. When I tried Ctrl+Shift+Alt+U it printed an underscored u and waited for more keyboard input!... Some keys were accepted and ...
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Ctrl+F4 doesn't work in KDE for Firefox

I observed that the shortcut for closing a tab in Firefox (Ctrl+F4) doesn't work on KDE. It seems it is being intercepted by KWin. Is there any fix or workaround for this problem?
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How to use(/enable) FN keys to adjust volume at my asus laptop?

I have an ASUS laptop (ASUS X53S series) and I want to adjust the volume by using the FN key and F10 (mute), F11 (vol down), F12 (vol up). Also F9 key is not working as well(this is for ...
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Is there any way to use QWERTY's keyboard shortcut position while the Dvorak layout is active?

I am a Dvorak layout user and I am happy with the switch. I avoided the undo/cut/copy/paste shortut disadvantage (the z,c,x and v are far apart on Dvorak layout) on Windows by using Microsoft's ...
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Creating shortcuts to run applications conditionally

I was wondering if it is possible to create a keyboard shortcut to run application if it is not yet running in Ubuntu? This is a valid example for something like a browser which is normally heavily ...
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Text selection CTRL+SHIFT+Cursor Keys?

I'm used to this Windows behavior that using CTRL+SHIFT+Cursor Keys I can select text word-wise. CTRL+Cursor Keys jumps word-wise and I use that a lot in combination with SHIFT to select text. This ...
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Hold a key to temporarily switch keyboard layout?

I recently upgraded to Ubuntu 13.10. In Ubuntu 12.04, I was able to define a key which, while holding it, temporarily switched to a different keyboard layout. I haven't been able to find a way to get ...
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How can I configure the touchpad and keyboard settings on a Dell Inspiron 5110? [closed]

I am using ubuntu 11.10. I want the following 3 things: I have dell inspiron 5110 laptop. There is button at the top right corner of laptop which can be used for turning the screen off. It works in ...
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Which command gets run when I press the F1 key?

I want to add a new Hotkey: When I press F1 it will do the same as Shift+F1 does. I have added a new Custom Shortcut (System -> Keyboard) but I don't know the command to run like we press F1. I ...
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Is there a way to set a hotkey to change screen brightness? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to change the shortcut to adjust brightness? The brightness keys on my laptop are not recognized by Ubuntu, which is a common problem for a variety of laptops, is ...
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[Left Alt]+Tab doesn't work or How to change a Level3 Shift to a normal ALT?

I have a problem with my Ubuntu, running 14.04 LTS. The problem is that I'm trying to user Alt+F4 and Alt+Tab and it doesn't work, it only works with the Right Alt. I also tried to set a new ...
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Switching to Right-to-left in 13.10 [closed]

I can't seem to be able to switch to Right-to-Left which is critical for writing in Hebrew. Any idea on what I can do to fix it?
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How do I disable multimedia buttons on my laptop? The system sees them as a trackpad resulting in erratic behavior.

I have this Sony Vaio, VGN-CS16T, running 12.04. It is a chinese computer that has not been sold outside of south east asian markets. I don't read chinese, so I can't find a lot of support for it. ...
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Shortcut to hide libnotify

I was wondering if it is possible to make an shortcut to hide all those Notify Bubbles (libnotify) for some time. Why I'am ask this? Because sometimes I want to see something, read or even show and ...
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What should I call this key?

Microsoft calls it the Windows key. Compiz calls it the Super key. freedesktop.org uses Win and Super interchangeably. GNOME ambiguously calls it Meta, Super, or an OS-logo shift key. What should I ...
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Upstart script: Detect shift key down at boot

I want to create a boot up potential which allows a different upstart/runlevel configurations to load based upon specific key downs at boot (or combos). How do I detect a key down event with an ...
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Cannot use Meta + D to show desktop [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Unity Super + D shortcut doesn't work I cannot use Meta + D to show desktop on a fresh install of Ubuntu 11.10. I have used both the alpha and beta versions and it ...