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

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confusing behavior of emacs-style keybindings in bash

Bash offers many useful emacs-style keybindings for simple commandline editing. For example, Ctrl+w deletes ("kills") word left from the cursor. Another keybinding, Alt+d is supposed to be a "mirror" ...
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Custom shortcut to i3lock screen

I'm having difficulties with creating a custom keyboard shortcut. I'm trying to lock my screen using i3lock with a picture. From the terminal, the command i3lock -i ~/Pictures/lock.png works like ...
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Ctrl-w closes my Chrome window

As I become more used to Emacs, I mix it with other applications quite a lot. For killing some text in Chrome browser windows, I repeatedly type Ctrlw, and close chrome windows and lost my unfinished ...
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Xterm Ctrl+Arrow shortcut keys

I'm using xterm version 293. While navigating in a command, I normally use the short-cut keys as Ctrl+LeftArrow or Ctrl+RightArrow to move back and forth. But while doing so, rather expected ...
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What does meta+n do in the terminal

When I click this it replaces whatever I have currently typed into the buffer with a :. Hitting backspace will go back to whatever I had in the buffer but I can't seem to find what the hell it's ...
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How to configure up arrow to get to the previous command in maxima?

If I press Up in a shell, then normally it brings up the previous command I entered. In maxima it's all different. Pressing Up just prints out ^[[A. The same thing happens when I try to move the ...
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Ctrl+Alt+Backspace to kill X server can't be disabled

I would like to disable the Ctrl+Alt+Backspace shortcut to kill my X server. I have tried disabling it in the gnome-keyboard-properties "Layout Options..." dialog. When I start the dialog, the option ...
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Fluxbox: how to map a key for taking screenshot of selected area?

I want to map the Ctrl+Alt+4 to take a screenshot of a selected area. Right now I can do that from a terminal using gnome-screenshot -a. I have tried putting: Control Mod1 4 :ExecCommand ...
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Shortcut to google selected text

Is there a way to customize evince to search on Google a selected phrase? Like in Firefox where I select a text and right-click--> "Search Google for ..." If evince isn't customizable, is there any ...
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Scientific Linux 6 assigning keyboard shortcuts

Can I assign keyboard shortcuts for launching Konsole terminal emulator on Scientific Linux 6 without administrator privileges? If so can you guide me how, I appreciate your help.
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Home and End keys in a gnuplot interactive terminal do not move cursor

When working interactively with gnuplot, the home and end keys do not move the cursor to the beginning and end of a line, but instead produce the characters "OH" and "OF", respectively. What's the ...
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How to add a key binding to maximize/close all windows?

Lubuntu uses LXDE with Openbox. I can configure key bindings in ~/.config/openbox/lubuntu-rc.xml I want to add key bindings to maximize all windows and have the current active one on top. I also ...
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Different layouts and specific key mapping for different keyboards

Here's the deal I have an apple aluminium usb keyboard connected to my laptop with "windows" keyboard. And almost everything works great on my apple keyboard except three annoying problems. Each ...
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ALT + CTRL shortcuts in MATE problem

I've installed MATE under Arch Linux. I've a problem with the shortcuts. A lot of the shortcuts doesn't work so I tried to change them. When I'm trying to reassign the shortcut I go to Settings -> ...
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Changing keyboard layout on Scientific Linux 6.0 and creating new keyboard shortcuts?

I have two questions regarding keyboard input and shortcuts: Is it possible to change the keyboard layout on Scientific Linux 6.0 and how can it be done? Is it possible to define new keyboard ...
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How do I repeat the last command without using the arrow keys?

I know I can use Up to iterate through previous commands. Running the last command simply involves Up + Enter. However, I was thinking of buying the Happy Hacking Keyboard as I spend a lot of time in ...
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Chrome OS: Crosh Window and Hostname

I have a couple of questions regarding Chrome OS: By default Ctrl+Alt+T opens a crosh window within the Chrome browser. I have the Crosh Window extension, which I would like Ctrl+Alt+T bound to - ...
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What is the difference between “find” and “till” in vim?

I see I can use t c or Tc to move to the next / previous character c I can also use fc or Fc to move to the next / previous character c Is the only difference between them that tc places the ...
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LXDE: How to run a program/command when I press one or more keys?

I have a numpad on my keyboard and I want to make the keys do something when (the otherwise useless) ScrollLock is on under LXDE graphical environment. For example, I want to run my browser when I ...
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Typing punctuation adds an accent to the preceding letter after my laptop is docked for a few minutes

I am running Manjaro XFCE. Everything worked like a charm for months now, but 2 weeks ago the keyboard configuration from my external keyboard seems damaged. Writing on my laptop itself works ...
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Assigning a global hotkey to a functionality of an appilcation in KDE

How can I set global shortcut keys to Pause and Record buttons in audacity? Options of vlc allow assigning global hotkeys but there's not such options in audacity.
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How to disable Alt-Arrow switching of Virtual Consoles?

The following happens on different Linuces: When I'm in a virtual console, hold Alt and press ← or →, the virtual ttys cycle. This is really annoying as I'm using fish-shell which also uses this key ...
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How do I allocate a key shortcut to moving GNOME 3 workspaces up/down?

In GNOME 3, in the Keyboard Shortcuts area of the Keyboard settings page, it is possible to allocate shortcuts to move between workspaces and move windows between workspaces. Unfortunately, however, ...
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Remap “Show the Overview” to control in Gnome ( Fedora 20 )

I would like to remap "Show the Overview" to control, but the gui will not allow it. Is there a config file somewhere I can use to specify this? Screenshot
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Linux kernel dropping custom keyboard scan codes

I have a vintage IBM 122 key model M keyboard that I am adapting for use on a modern computer. I am using a Teensy 2.0 to do the encoding and to handle the USB side of things. I borrowed the firmware ...
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Openning root terminal by keyboard shortcut

I am using Debian Linux and I am setting some shortcuts on it. So in keyboard window I went to shortcut, added gnome-terminal, and set Ctrl + t as the keys. But in Debian we also have "Root ...
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Disable keyboard shortcuts in Thunderbird

Is there a way to disable those evil keyboard shortcuts in Thunderbird? When I accidentally hit a, suddenly the message gets archived and a new Archives folder is created. Similarly other keys bring ...
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Why does hitting “Ctrl minus” in the command line shrink the font size?

I have hit a few CTRL- in command line and I see the text in the terminal getting smaller with every invocation. What is going on here and is there a way to redo ie magnify the text to bring it back ...
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How do I re-map the changing pane keys in tmux?

I want Prefix + Up,Down,Left,Right to be mapped to Prefix + Ctrlh, Ctrlj, Ctrlk,Ctrll. I tried: bind-key C-h Left bind-key C-j Down bind-key C-k Up bind-key C-l Right But it didn't really work: ...
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Linuxwacom xsetwacom/xorg.conf

I have a CentOS 6.2 workstation with linuxwacom 0.21.0 installed. I am trying to map a button on a cintiq tablet to a keyboard key. I can do it successfully using: xsetwacom set "Wacom Cintiq 24HD ...
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What are valid keys for tmux?

I was trying to learn how to use the bind-key [-cnr] [-t key-table] key command [arguments] better, but was having some trouble figuring out what "valid keys" are for bind-key command. I tried doing ...
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How to invoke Gnome 3 activity screen using command line?

What I'm trying to do I'm using a Logitech MX Revolution mouse, which has a button below the scroll wheel mapped to search, which I remapped to middle click. For doing so, I had to remap XF86Search ...
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Use CTRL-SPACE to open menu on Linux Mint

I'd like to use the keyboard shortcut CTRL + SPACE to open/close the Linux Mint menu (similar to how Command + SPACE is used on OS X to show/hide Spotlight). I tried going to Settings -> Keyboard -> ...
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Linux Mint (Cinnamon, Muffin) set a keyboard shortcut where one of the keys is a mouse

Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon Edition. I want to create a keyboard shortcut involving the mouse. Specifically, I want to make it so clicking Alt, right-click, and dragging my mouse allows me to resize the ...
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How to catch keystrokes in Linux environment

I need a C code to be executed when some particular keys are pressed in Linux "Desktop" environment. What are the ways to register for such an event and How? Should I write ISR for that? I need an ...
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How to read characters from a serial keyboard on /dev/inputs/eventX (Speed?)

I'm trying to read from a second keyboard whose inputs can be read from /dev/inputs/eventX, but I get rubbish and not the character expected. I'm accessing my target by using Putty. I can connect to ...
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Deactivate key events from mouse side-buttons

I'm having a similar problem to this question - I run Linux with an Apple Mouse connected which has these horrible side buttons which I press accidentally all the time. Among other things, it has ...
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Remapping a keyboard key to print ⸮ (irony mark)

I find myself using the irony mark ⸮ unicode U+2E2E (or ؟ unicode U+061F) in both mcabber and vim a lot. The old copy-and-paste antipattern is tedious so I thought I would rename one of the many ...
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How to change the “power key” for ratpoison window manager

Using the ratpoison window manager, how could I remap the "power key" (which is by default Ctrl-T) to something like the Windows button? I have created a configuration file already (~/.ratpoisonrc) ...
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Script to gracefully kill X server and drop to tty?

I use the terminal to do the majority of my day-to-day computing, so I have the default runlevel set to 3 in /etc/inittab and I only start the X server when I need to. I currently have the following ...
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How to quickly send commands to nested tmux sessions?

I have the following in my .tmux.conf set -g prefix M-j bind-key j send-prefix I need to press (Atl+J) + (J) + bound-key to send something to the nested tmux session. I feel it is rather slow. Is ...
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Cinnamon 2.2 How to add custom shortuct: move workspace up

I'm quite aware this must have been asked many times, but I cannot seem to find the right search terms to get an answer. I would like to have Ctrl+Shift+Up move my workspace up, and similarly ...
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Alt key not recognized - Dell Inspiron n4110/Mint 16 (Petra)

I'm running a fresh install of Mint 16 on an essentially-brand-new Dell Inspiron N4110. I booted to Kali Linux initially, and noticed AltTab, AltF4, and AltD (address bar focus) weren't working in ...
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Open URxvt tab with shift-down, not with ctrl-t

On Debian, Shift+Down in URxvt opens new tab. But recently I started using another machine with Fedora, and here it has no effect; here Ctrl+T does that. But neither one works on both, so I'm doomed ...
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Is it possible to change the key binding for completion in bash shell?

For bash, I would to modify the tab key for completion to the escape key. I know that key bindings are defined in /etc/inputrc. But I don't know if something like this could work: `"\e" : ...
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Registering new mouse buttons with events in KDE

Is there a file or something where I can register the mouse events to do something? I'm using KDE. For example, in Windows, pressing Win + ArrowKeys nicely aligns the windows, I am looking for the ...
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Global Keyboard shortcuts in Ubuntu 14.04

I've just upgraded my distribution from 13.10 to 14.04, which seems to have broken global keyboard shortcuts. They are still present in the "Keyboard settings" as before. Although media keys are ...
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Language bar in RHEL 6

I'm having a problem with the language bar specifically in RHEL 6.5. I need the following: Language bar on the panel with either 2-letter code or a flag Switch languages with Caps Lock, optionally ...
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keyboard shortcut over vnc not working

I'm not sure if my issue is with linux or vnc or both. I'm running on a system with centos which I'm VNCing into. I want to be able to toggle between windows inside the linux box, but I want alt-tab ...
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xbindkeys and messed up outputs

I am trying to set some key bindings for the use inside my wm. so I did xbindkeys -mk and start testing with keys. The result was somehow not what I expected. Left wind key ===> m:0x50 + c:115 ...