I have a very unusual and very specific problem.

I'm trying to remap my right ctrl key to the context menu button so that I can using it when navigating through files in nautilus instead of having to use the mouse and right click. When messing with unity settings in ubuntu 16.04 a couple days ago I was unable to get it working and don't remember what I changed.

I'm now running the latest ubuntu 17.04 with gnome desktop and wayland on my dell xps 13 2016.

I tried looking into the following articles: { Set Context Menu key to function as Right Control, How to remap the context menu to another key in linux?}

  • I originally thought I would be able to just get the keycode in the way that the first article describes but whenever I hit the right ctrl button, I get a context based window come up that takes precedence over whatever my process was and gives control back to the desktop environment. Because I don't know what's triggering this menu and I can't find the code for the right ctrl key I'm not sure how to remap it to the button I want it to be.

  • I've also tried going into gnome keyboard settings and checking the box "Menu as right ctrl" but it did not work unfortunately.

Images attached here: http://imgur.com/a/V0Ndh

I've used dconf editor to swap the caps lock and escape keys, and I've edited Xmodmap before but I don't know how to find out the keycode so I can swap it to the one I want, but any suggestions would be appreciated!


here is my ~/.Xmodmap

remove Mod2 = Meta_L
add Mod1 = Meta_L

clear Lock
keysym Caps_Lock = Escape
keysym Escape = Caps_Lock
add Lock = Caps_Lock

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