Questions about how to run a program or other operating system function when a given combination of keys is pressed.

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How can I script xrandr's scale function to switch to the next or previous resolution in a predefined list?

xrandr has a nifty feature that lets you scale your entire screen so that your virtual resolution is larger or smaller than your actual resolution. I use it on my netbook's 1024x600 resolution screen ...
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Zsh - Disable Tab Insert

I'm trying to configure zsh to closely fit how bash behaves before I fully switch, and one behavior I'm trying to modify in zsh is when it inserts a Tab character. I see how it could be helpful for ...
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Using Ctrl+[0-9] to cycle between windows using tmux

I have started using tmux but I feel that using Ctrlb0-9 is very annoying, because it's used so often. How do I bind the keyboard so I only need to do Ctrl0-9 for changing windows (like in Chrome)? ...
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How to bind 'tab' and 'shift+tab' in gnu screen?

As the title says, how do I bind the keys 'tab' and 'shift+tab' in screen? My problem is that I don't know what to pass to the screen command "bind" to designate these keystrokes. BTW, I'm aware of ...
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Nautilus Renaming Bug when pressing 'n' key in Ubuntu

I have what i can consider a Big Bug on Nautilus under Ubuntu Linux. When I am in the process of renaming a file or a folder, if I press n, nautilus opens a new tab. The effect is: I cannot include ...
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How to run a script by shortkey in elementaryOS?

I want to be able to run certain scripts by shortcut the way I do in ubuntu - for example some similar to this awesome script. (On that model I can search google the text selected in any text editor, ...
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How can I delete a word backward at the command line (bash and zsh)?

How can I delete a word backward at the command line? I'm truly used to some editors deleting the last 'word' using ctrl+backspace, and I'd like that functionality at the command line too. I am ...
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Vim key binding to cycle through windows

How do I bind one single key to cycle through the windows? For example, each time I want to switch a window, I have to click ctrl-a (default was ctrl-c) then use arrow key up/down/left/right to ...
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How can I use caps lock to change language in VIM

Can I use capslock for changing languages in VIM instead of Ctrl + 6 in case of "keymap=russian-jcukenwin"? How can I do it? Maybe something like mapping it in the $VIMRC file? How can I map ...
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Exit vim more quickly

I use Vim mainly for quick edits rather than long work sessions. In that sense, I find the keyboard sequence for quitting especially laborious: Esc, Shift + ;, w, q, Enter. How to quit Vim (possibly ...
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In emacs are any key sequences available for user macro bindings in all modes

I have recently started using org mode in emacs, but my macro bound in my initialisation file to C-x C-k T no longer works because this combination is used by outline mode which underpins org mode. I ...
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Why didn't Ctrl-C work?

I just hit Ctrlc twice at my shell in an attempt to halt a process that is taking a long time to finish. ^C was echoed twice, but the process just kept going. Why didn't Ctrlc quit the process like ...
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Make Compose not compose after certain key presses

On my laptop, I use the Win as a modifier. With the Fn key pressed, the key sends a different keysym and I use that as a Compose key. keycode 133 = Hyper_L keycode 134 = Multi_key add mod4 = Hyper_L ...
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Shortcut keys that are independent to keyboard layout

Is there a way to define an association of a particular physical key of the keyboard to some action, independently of the letter that this key is associated to in any layout? Example: In most ...
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tmux “last-session” binding

How could I bind to last (most recent) session? The obvious last-session leads to an "unknown command" error. bind-key z last-session
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Map a symbol to a specific key

I have the following problem: I use the intl variant of gb keyboard layout, i.e., what you get with: setxkbmap -layout gb -variant intl I use gmail in Firefox, and for some reason, the gmail ...
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How to execute a script in shell when a shortcut key is pressed

How could I execute a script in Shell when a shortcut key is pressed. Essentially what I need is when a shortcut key is pressed the script should read from a file and display that content in the ...
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Adding key bindings for “Fn” + “Control” key in openbox

I need use Fn + CTRL as a key combination, but it doesn't work in openbox (works in XFCE / KDE4`). <keybind key="Fn-C"> <action name="ToggleMaximize"> </action> ...
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is there a vim shortcut or can I create one for 'tabe other_file'

When possible I create 1 or 2 letter abbreviations for aliases and the like, e.g. x for exit or p for pwd at the command line. When using vim and doing multiple tabs for different files (which I can ...
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Cursor keys in bash in dtterm don't work as expected

I am trying to remap some of my keyboard shortcuts in bash. The problem is that when I try to display key code using Ctrl-V, not all keys work. For example, Typing Ctrl-V, then Home moves the terminal ...
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Is it possible to assign multiple commands to a single hotkey? (bash, xterm)

Back in the day, if my cursor was in the middle of a really long shell command I'd just hit Ctrl+C to get myself a new command prompt. Then I learned about Ctrl+K/C and life was good. Unfortunately ...
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How to use Super-L instead of Alt in XFCE for resizing/moving windows?

In XFCE, when holding down Alt and then clicking anywhere in a window with the left button will move that window (as if by dragging the title bar), or resize the windows when clicking and dragging ...
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Switch between windows & tabs in Linux? [closed]

do we have keyboard shortcuts to switch between tabs or windows, am looking for shortcuts similar to of those available in windows (ctrl + tab to switch btw tabs & Alt + tab to swtich btw ...
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In tcsh shell how I find a particular word in the command prompt?

Suppose I have the following line in my command prompt and the cursor is at the and of the line or the beginning of the line by using (CTRL+A) [subhrcho@slc04lyo pcbpel]$ abc def ghi jkl How can I ...
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How do I go to beginning of command line when I am inside the screen?

In bash I can hit Ctrl + a and go to first of the command line. But in screen Ctrl + a does not do this. How do I go to first of command line in screen?
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What is meant by a shell is in “vi” mode or “emacs” mode?

This question follows directly from the answer to one of my previous questions here. I am newbie to unix world and this site has helped a lot to understand some core concepts. In this case I am ...
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How to assign shell command to key?

I want to assign my script to special key on my keyboard. xmodmap recognize this key as XF86AudioMute, but I want to execute my script when it pressed. How to do it? My window manager is Window ...
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Disabling/enabling language specific mappings in Vim

I have :set keymap=russian-jcukenwin. In this keyboard mapping ` maps to ё. I want to unmap this backtick. :lmap ` l ` *@ё :lunmap ` E31: No such mapping Why lunmap ` gives an error? ...
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Keyboard shortcut to copy current command from terminal to clipboard [duplicate]

Is there any way to copy current command (line typed in bash prompt) in terminal to X-clipboard without involving a mouse?
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Xmonad seems like a (physically) painful experience

I've been using Xmonad for several hours after hearing recommendations from several people. Currently my configuration is very basic. I mapped the modifier key to the "windows key" as suggested in ...
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Make Nautilus navigate to the first file beginning with the typed letter

When I hit N in Nautilus under a folder, it behaves like I am searching files which contains N. Can I make it so that it only leads me to the first file whose name starts with N, like Windows ...
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Application launcher with grid like hotkeys

Is there a desktop enviroment or tool wich can provide the following functionality? If I press a self defined hotkey, a menu of self defined shortcuts/launchers is shown somewhere on the screen where ...
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How can I bind my ctrl+b so that I don't need to press it to resize my pane?

I managed to be able to resize panes in tmux thanks to this answer. But now I press CTRL-b and then e each time I want to resize the pane (e.g. make larger to the left). How could I bind the CTRL-b as ...
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Emacs paste into search (C-s) field?

Let's say you are writing code in one of Emacs window and then want to search for a string that you have copied manually (M-w) some time before. The problem is, that by default, when you issue C-s, ...
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The shell's “delete word” shortcut deletes too many characters

Under Bash some behavior of Alt+d has been driving me crazy since years and I figured out that maybe it could be fixed with a setting. If I'm at a terminal and issue a command like this: ...$ cat ...
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Dropbox, notify-send and OSD interfere with Ctrl-shortcuts

I'm using Ubuntu 13.04 with i3 4.5.1. When i3wm starts, Ctrl-C/-D/-K etc. are working fine. When I start Dropbox, notify-send or change the volume, all Ctrl-something shortcuts stop working. I can ...
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Alt +Tab behaviour in Gnome

It may be a silly question but in Windows I used ShiftAltTab to switch back between my open windows, that is go back to previous windows. Unfortunately, it is not working in Gnome. I have even used ...
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How to scroll in a terminal by line in GNOME Terminal 2.31.3?

I use Shift+(PgUp/PgDown) while scrolling in the terminal. But it seems to scroll one screen (or a half may be) at a time. I feel comfortable scrolling the terminal by line with the mouse, but don't ...
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switching windows in twm with keyboard shortcuts

I am using a system that runs twm and I am wondering if it is possible to switch between windows using keyboard shortcuts, as I do in gnome with Alt+Tab.
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Why do some default bindkey keys do not work in tcsh?

I'm using tcsh and I'm seeing that some of my custom and some of the default bindkey bindings do not work. Why don't they work? For example: I load some default bindings: bindkey -e I check the ...
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Suspending the global KDE&X-Windows keyboard shortcuts while specific application is running

I'm running KDE on Arch-Linux 64b. I've been a Vim user for two years now, and I want to try learning Emacs - just so I can have a justification when I diss Emacs users. So far, my main problem with ...
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Playing around with shortcuts and window sizes with awesome WM

I've been trying awesome WM for a few months now and i am really enjoying it. I am now playing around with the rc.lua file, and I'm searching for a way to do two things. With the shortcut mod4+Enter ...
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Cut + Copy + Paste in Linux Puppy Wary

Trying to cut + copy + paste from the standard urxvt shell in Puppy Linux Wary 5.3. If I follow this post on http://crunchbang.org/forums/viewtopic.php?id=15085 and I press: in urxvt: ctrl + ...
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Keyboard shortcut for SIGTERM in GUI application?

Related to another question, is there a way to send SIGTERM to the currently focused local GUI window application with a keyboard shortcut? Like clicking the [X] button in most WMs or Ctrl-c for the ...
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Gnome3/cinnamon set keyboard shortcut

I cannot find where I can set keyboard shortcut for switching languages. Update: New problem: I cannot set Alt+Shift combination for that.
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Where do I find a list of terminal key codes to remap shortcuts in bash?

For example: "\e[1;5C" "\e[Z" "\e-1\C-i" I only know bits and pieces, like \e stands for escape and C- for Ctrl, but what are these numbers (1) and letters (Z)? What are the ;, [ and - signs for? ...
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How to make Ctrl+PgUp and Ctrl+PgDn change window tabs

I am running GNOME 3.4 (Debian 7.0) and my laptop (Gigabyte Q2532), unlike all those I've used before, doesn't change application tabs with CtrlPg Up and CtrlPg Dn. This forces me to use Alt0...9, ...
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Keyboard shortcut to switch files in one Emacs instance?

I've multiple files opened in an Emacs client. Right now, to toggle between files, I've to click on the file name at the bar below in the editor. Any keyboard shortcuts for switching between files?
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Emacs “jump to class definition” functionality?

I want to jump to a class file "A" from another file "B" which defines objects "A". In eclipse, it is done using F3. Is there a way to achieve this in emacs?
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Single key audio capture in Linux (save on key release)

I'd like to run a program that records audio only when the Right Control key is held down. On keyboard release the result would write to disk as, e.g. yy-mm-dd hh:mm.ogg. How might I do that? $ ...