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Is there anyway to create shortcuts for functions like Home, End, Pg Up, Pg Down, etc? I frequently use the aforementioned keys, however those keys are only available when the numpad is disabled - there is no dedicated keys for those function on my laptop. I was thinking of using the Fn key to trigger them even when the numpad is enabled.

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Approach 1. Using Fn key

  1. Check the keycode of yours key. Run this program at terminal.

    xev
    

    At this example, the terminal shows that the keycode for my k is "45".

  2. Change them as you like creating this file:

    gedit ~/.Xmodmap
    

    It's contents should look like this example:

    keycode 180 = Home End Down
    

    (keycode 180 is for Fn+F3 at my notebook)

    Ilustration:

    (Obs.: if I want to change my k I must use keycode 45 as showed at step "1", if I want to change my Fn+F3 I must use keycode 180).

  3. Log out and log back in or reboot or run this:

    xmodmap ~/.Xmodmap
    

Approach 2. Using a shortcut (combination keys)

  1. Install xdotool

    sudo aptitude install xdotool  
    
  2. Open Gnome Keybindings

    gnome-keybinding-properties  
    
  3. Create the shortcut with this commands:

    xdotool getactivewindow key Home
    xdotool getactivewindow key End
    xdotool getactivewindow key Page_Up
    xdotool getactivewindow key Page_Down
    

    Example:

Enjoy!

  • Running xev opens a white window with a square outline. What next? – Oxwivi Apr 9 '11 at 14:53
  • Ah, I didn't think Terminal output was important... Can you please give me a random example making <kbd>Fn</kbd> + <kbd>random key</kbd> reproducing effects of pressing Home button? – Oxwivi Apr 9 '11 at 15:55
  • I don't understand what I should write in the new file. What does each word after keycode 51 = represent? – Oxwivi Apr 10 '11 at 19:02
  • OH! So keycode 51 is called by the keys that's mentioned? – Oxwivi Apr 11 '11 at 11:24
  • I'll be honest, I don't get what I have to do. For example, my Home button's keycode 79, and I want to use Home with Fn + Numpad 7 key. Due to circumstances, I am not able to use Ubuntu as much as I'd like to, so sorry for the drawn out discussion. – Oxwivi Apr 12 '11 at 5:53

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