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 gtk-key-theme-name = "Emacs" to my .gtkrc-2.0, and I also ran gconf-editor and set /desktop/gnome/interface/gtk_key_theme to "Emacs". I even rebooted just for good measure.

I am using an ordinary 12.04 install, with Unity 3D as the desktop environment.


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same problem as you. This worked for me:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-key-theme "Emacs"

Source: http://situmam.blogspot.com.es/2012/05/emacs-keybidings-in-ubuntu-1204-precise.html

  • Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. Aug 29, 2012 at 9:11
  • You're a life saver! I would vote you up if I had the rep for it. The answer was gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-key-theme "Emacs"
    – sam
    Aug 29, 2012 at 14:49
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    To return everything back $ gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-key-theme "Default"
    – shock_one
    May 22, 2014 at 13:18
  • It also works on Ubuntu 16.04. Apr 26, 2017 at 12:25

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