I use an extremely old retro-keyboard.... " TVS 101.PC-XT"
This keyboard has only 101 keys (AlphaNumeric, NumPad, FunctionKeys); And I don't intent to change it for I am very comfortable with it !

Since this keyboard doesn't have a super key (windows Key), I am looking for some way out that I can emulate this.
I am looking for a shortcut key combination like Ctrl+Shift+SysRQ
which might behave as the windows logo key Key when used in combination altogether?

NOTE: I've already gone through this, however this in not the workout in my case since I don't use gnome (no chance for Gnome settings).. I am on Ubuntu minimal + cinnamon.. I am also unable to locate the xmodmap commands to achieve this !

  • Please add the output of xmodmap -pke | less. Maybe I can find the right keys :)
    – Seth
    Jan 24, 2013 at 18:12

1 Answer 1


Here is how I would do it without xmodmap. I'm not sure if I can emulate the SysRQ key this way, but it should work for other keys.

Step One

Install xbindkeys and xte:

sudo apt-get install xbindkeys xautomation 

Now we need to find the bindings of the keys you want to use as Super.
Run xbindkeys -k and press the keys you want. The output should look something like this:

    m:0x15 + c:110
Control+Shift+Mod2 + Home  

(I used Home because I can't use SysRQ on this computer since it requires FN to access it).

Step Two

Create the xbindkeys configuration file:

touch $HOME/.xbindkeysrc  

Now open the file so we can edit it:

gedit .xbindkeysrc

Add this to the bottom of the file:

"xte 'key Super_L'"
 m:0x15 + c:110
Control+Shift+Mod2 + Home  

Save the file.

Restart the computer. The keys you chose earlier should now act as Super when you press them.

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