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

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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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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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Ctrl+F4 doesn't work in KDE for Firefox / Chrome / Chromium

I observed that the shortcut for closing a tab in Firefox/Chrome/Chromium (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 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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[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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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Is there a way to open an “extra” temporary workspace?

[Running Ubuntu 14.04, Unity] So, I have workspaces enabled and all that jazz. I know one can set some option so that Ubuntu defaults to more than four workspaces—but that's not what I want. ...
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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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Why isn't the Alt+` shortcut working on my international keyboard?

According to How to use Alt + GraveAccent on non-US keyboard?, the Unity shortcut to switch between windows of the same application is Alt + (whichever key is above Tab). It doesn't work in my ...
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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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workspace switching via ctrl + alt + arrow not working after upgrade to 13.04, how to fix this? [duplicate]

So, my update to 13.04 didn't go very well. Due to the lack of a decent driver (Yes, i'm unlucky to have a legacy driver which doesn't play nice with the new Xorg.), I had to mess around with stuff to ...
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Key combination to switch between an application's windows in all of viewports

Alt-` is used to switch between an application's windows in the current viewport in Unity. Is there another key combination to switch between an application's windows in all of viewports? I do not ...
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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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Is there a keyboard shortcut to open the Indicator Applet?

How can I get here using keyboard shortcuts?
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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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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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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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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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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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How to make an icon to enter terminal commands

Let me start by saying that I'm very new to Ubuntu in general, so I realize this may be a basic question. I'm using xubuntu 14.04. I recently got a wireless usb working by following the steps here. ...
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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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How to set compose key to pause in 13.10?

In Ubuntu 13.04 I had my compose key set to pause (by going to Sytem Settings, then keyboard_layout, option, and changing the compose key setting). In 13.10 the keyboard settings have been totally ...
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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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How do I change the shortcut-key of show the unity dash?

I don't want to use the Super for that, I want to use Alt+Space instead.
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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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XF86 keybinds in Openbox

Lubuntu uses Openbox as its window manager. ~/.config/openbox/lubuntu-rc.xml is a file that specifies, among other things, keybinds for various commands. Most of the keybinds in lubuntu-rc.xml use ...
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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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Can't change keyboard shortcuts in gnome-session-fallback Ubuntu 13.04 over xdp

I'm trying to use gnome-session-fallback on an Ubuntu PC running an xrdp+vnc server (So that I can remotely connect to Ubuntu using a Windows RDP client). The problem I have is that the “d” key seems ...
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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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How do I revert to the pathbar after the address bar is visible in Nautilus?

When using Nautilus you can use CTRL+L to display the addressbar. How do you revert back to the pathbar? Is there a shortcut key?
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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 ...
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Holding Super Key doesn't show Unity shortcuts

As the title states, when I hold the Super key Unity shortcuts list doesn't appear. I'm on Ubuntu 12.04 (fresh install). I can see the dock that shows up with numbers on icons to launch ...
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Delete key assigned to a keyboard shortcut and now doesn't work

I posted this to the ubuntuforums, but got no answer there, so I'm trying here: While going over the keyboard shortcuts (System> Preferences> Keyboard Shortcuts), I accidentally assigned the delete ...
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Why don't shortcut keys change when keyboard layout changes?

When adding several keyboard layouts to Ubuntu (lucid), I experienced that any control key combination refers to the "default" keyboard layout. Specifically, on a machine I have to prepare for ...
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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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Creating Custom Short cut Keys Ubuntu 12.04

I used to have my own shortcut keys to minify all the CSS and JS files for my websites after I saved the original larger version of the file. But that was on Ubuntu 11.04 and now I cannot figure out ...
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Lubuntu keyboard shortcut for menu

I'm using Lubuntu on an older machine, and I'm having trouble finding information on keyboard shortcuts. Is there a shortcut for opening the navigation menu? I expected that the windows key might ...
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Why don't Ctrl-Alt-Numpad6 and Ctrl-Alt-Numpad4 work anymore? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Restore the Ctrl + Alt + Num Pad 4 and 6 window positioning commands? My favourite standard keyboard shortcut when using Ubuntu 11.10 was Ctrl+Alt+NumPad 4 and ...
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How to set keyboard switch with Ctrl+1, Ctrl+2, Ctrl+3 etc

In windows in keyboard switch settings there is an option that you can switch keyboard language with unique combination for each one. For example, Ctrl + 1 - for english, Ctrl + 2 - for russian, Ctrl ...
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Hot keys brigtness issues with Ubuntu 14.10 in Acer Aspire 5755

I have a Acer Aspire 5755 with Intel video graphic, on Ubuntu 14.04, the combination Fn+←/→(Right/left) arrows can increase/decrease the brightness screen. Works fine on unity and with a ...
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macro to paste pre-configured text

I am looking to avoid ever typing in my email address again. Is there a way to configure a key to paste some pre-set bit of text like my email. I'd like this to work across all applications ideally. ...