I am using the Ubuntu document viever Evince. Lately, I found out how to add custom keyboard shortcuts for the program. I was searching for a way to add a shortcut e.g. for View / Best fit (also available as a button). What I found was the Keyboard shortcut page which describes how to setup shortcuts using gconf-editor. That worked as described. However, once I restart my system the shortcuts are gone. How can I set them permanently?

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For Ubuntu 12.04 and up:

Use dconf-editor instead of gconf-editor:

sudo apt-get install dconf-tools

Then set the key /org/gnome/desktop/interface/can-change-accels to true.

Setting shortcuts when using global menu:

  1. Open evince (or any app) with UBUNTU_MENUPROXY=0 evince
  2. Browse menus, hover an entry, type your shortcut
  • The tutorial does not use dconf but gconf. They also state that I can "Uncheck the value box for can_change_accels in the right side of the window." after I am done.
    – JJD
    May 12, 2012 at 23:52
  • Im guessing you're using 11.10 or up ? That tutorial is probably outdated. See gconf vs dconf for explanations. You can still uncheck the box when you're done editing.
    – user55822
    May 13, 2012 at 8:19
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    Starting evince with UBUNTU_MENUPROXY=0 evince from the command line to set the shortcuts helped. One should add this to the tutorial I started with. Thank you, user55822!
    – JJD
    May 13, 2012 at 15:48
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    this does not work for toolbar entries, so one cannot create shortcuts for history navigation (back/forward)
    – sds
    Dec 15, 2015 at 16:51
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    Neither dconf nor gconf are working for me on Trusty Tahr (14.04). Any suggestions? Thanks! May 30, 2016 at 11:20

This question is identical to another one, where I suggested a way to edit the config file to alter the keys: https://askubuntu.com/a/899956/495717

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