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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 to create a right-click keyboard shortcut?

Is there any shortcut to have the same effect as the right click of the mouse as I don't have the menu button on my laptop If not, is there any alternative way such that I can make it possible I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Super key not opening Dash

I just cleanly installed Ubuntu 11.10 (with new, clean home folder) The Super key no longer calls up the dash. Was this behaviour changed since the previous release?
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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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Restore default keyboard shortcut for Workspace Switcher/Show Desktop

I tried setting the default keyboard shortcut to Hide normal windows (Show desktop) to Super + S. It didn't work and now whenever I press Super + S, I get the workspace switcher. I tried setting ...
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Create a keyboard shortcut to move windows to a specific screen edge

CompizConfig Settings Manager in Ubunte versions < 11.04 have the ability to create keyboard shortcuts that will send the currently active window to a specific screen location. e.g. I had my ...
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How to change Shift + <Keypad Key> behavior?

I am used to use the numeric keypad for navigation (e.g. : [KP7] -> Start, [KP1] -> End, [KP4] -> Left, etc... ). I am also used to use it for selection (e.g. : Shift+[KP7] -> Select from cursor ...
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How to set custom keyboard shortcuts from terminal?

How to set custom keyboard shortcuts from terminal for different Linux versions? Basically I want to know where Linux stores the keyboard shortcut files and how it can be edited. On my research I ...
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Use Shift+Insert to paste from clipboard in gnome-terminal?

I would like to press Shift+Insert and have that execute a paste from the clipboard (the thing that Ctrl+C copies to) inside of gnome-terminal. In 13.10, Shift+Insert pastes from the selection ...
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Setting a hotkey for connecting and disconnecting a network connection in KDE environment

Is there a way to set a hotkey for toggling connection through a network cable: Also if I have a command in command-line that can do this or a piece of C++ code that does this I can set a hotkey ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 - gnome-settings-daemon crash and problem with fn keys

I know there are many questions similar to this, I've been reading them and searching for a solution for 2 days but no luck so far. I have a Samsung NP550P5C laptop and just installed Ubuntu 12.04.3 ...
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Disable unity launcher on Alt + F2

I've added custom shortcut on Alt + F2, but Unity launcher is running when I press it. How do I disable it in 13.04. I've found this question but I don't have 'unityshell' under apps > compiz-1 ...
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Alt Key Functionality broke in Wine program after upgrade to 12.04

I upgraded to Ubuntu 12.04, and all ALT key functionality is gone in this Wine program I've been using for years. The program is elderly, it came out back in 2005, but it's worked beautifully under ...
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System shortcut setting is always restored to default [closed]

I changed the "Hide all normal windows" keyboard shortcut to Super + D (from Ctrl + Super + D) in System Settings/Keyboard/Shortcuts. It works for some time, but finally it's always set back to Ctrl + ...
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making “gnome-system-monitor” a custom shortcut “ctrl+alt+del” like windows “Task Manager” isn't working

I went to "System Settings", "keyboard", "shortcuts", "custom shortcuts", I added a custom shortcut and called it "task manager" in the "command line:" I typed "gnome-system-monitor", and I gave it ...
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Rebind Control-n Control-p

I would like to rebind C-n and C-p in all my applications to send Up and Down. My brain is just stuck with this shortcuts, and I am tired of always seeing new windows and printing dialogs popping up. ...
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Run custom shell scripts on key press

I have created a shell script for a custom action which is working fine. I want to run this .sh file (mon.sh) on pressing Alt+F15. I have done the following: In gconf-editor, under ...
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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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What is the “show desktop” keyboard shortcut?

I just upgraded to 11.10 from 11.04. Previously the shortcut to show the desktop was Super key + D (same as in Windows), But now it is not working. What is the new shortcut?
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How to switch input language with Caps Lock in Ubuntu 13.10? [closed]

Ubuntu 13.10 has a different menu for Text Entry. I'm using Caps Lock for swiching language input. After upgrade from 13.04 I'm not able to switch languages with Caps Lock. Looks like upgrade broke ...
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iTerm 2 equivalent

Is there an iTerm2 (terminal application for Mac OS) equivalent for Ubuntu? Amongst the many features it adds the one I'm after is the "hotkey window", where you can overlay/hide a translucent ...
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Window tiling (Move-to-{corner,side}) shortcuts in Ubuntu 13.04

I am trying to figure out how I can change the window tiling shortcuts in Ubuntu 13.04. Currently they are set to <Ctrl><Alt>numpadn. First I tried to check the shortcuts available in ...
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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 to find *why* I can't bind some keyboard shortcut (or which app took it)?

In short: is there (under Unity) any way to find out which application grabbed some global shortcut? I do not ask for "standard shortcuts" but for some way to get information about actual shortcuts ...
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Set Ctrl+Alt+T to open a maximized terminal

I use the Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut to open a terminal, but I cannot see how I can get it maximized. When I start it manually, I can simply do a gnome-terminal --maximize, but that does not apply for the ...