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

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What are the programs/commands which the magic SysRq key invoke?

From Magic SysRq key The magic SysRq key is a key combination understood by the Linux kernel, which allows the user to perform various low level commands regardless of the system's state. It ...
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pkexec command is not working by means of keyboard short-cut

Earlier I used to run nautilus as root by sudo -A nautilus. Now I've set policy action for nautilus and pkexec nautilus is working fine through command-line and Alt+F2. $ cat ...
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Linux guest VM on mac host - Keyboard

I use a Mac as a development box, but am slowly transitioning to Linux. So I am spending the majority of my time in the Linux guest VM while working. But I still spend a fair amount of time in Mac ...
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Do not work shortcuts in Fedora 21

In Fedora 21 some shortcuts don't work. There is a problem with combinations which have more than two keys (ctrl+shift+tab, ctrl+shift+← etc). Another problem with the Win+R or F12 hotkeys to call ...
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Run commands “without” terminal [on hold]

Months ago I saw a guy running commands from a small, text-box-like window, showing nothing else other than the text-box for you to write the command. Such text-box would popup by pressing some ...
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Find commands of default keyboard typing shortcuts in Gnome 3

I have Debian GNU/Linux 8 Jessie (DE GNOME Shell 3.14.2) installed on my machine. After having set Alt + PageUp and Alt + PageDown shortcuts for multimedia sound volume Up\Down respectively, I found ...
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Using xbindkeys to bind the meta key (a.k.a. super key / Windows key) to left click and allow drag and drop

Is there any way to bind the meta key (a.k.a. super key / Windows key) to a left click using xbindkeys? I would like that hitting the meta key triggers a left click, and hold down the meta key allows ...
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How to scroll in a terminal using keyboard?

How can I scroll in bash using only the keyboard? If it's not possible in bash, are there any other shells that support this?
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xmodmap clear modifier not working

Trying to understand XKB and how to customize keyboard mappings, specially for modifiers. A little experiment on disabling modifiers, leads to an unexpected result: (1) Modifier maps before $ ...
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How to control keyboard backlight using hotkeys

How can I turn increase and decrease the keyboard backlight in notebook on Linux using the same hotkeys used on Windows? In Windows I can control the keyboard backlight by pressing hotkeys (FnF9 to ...
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How to detect global key presses

I have an Asus laptop that has a special key that can be configured to launch any software (at least on Windows). The general question is: how can I detect any key press (globally)? Then, how ...
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How to bind AtlGr to Ctrl+Alt in Debian 7

I'm new to Linux and recently I installed Debian 7 in my laptop. I used to use Ctrl+Alt shortcut all the time in Windows, but in Debian 7 I can only use AltGr. So, I was trying to bind AltGr to ...
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System-wide keyboard emulation of mouse scroll

I would like to emulate mouse scrolling through a keyboard shortcut. What I mean by that is whether I have a browser or terminal open, I want to be able to scroll through it exactly the same way I ...
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Disable Ctrl+Alt Hotkeys in certain programs

I am using Sublime Text 3 which uses CtrlAlt$key hotkeys for a few important functionalities, but CtrlAltLeft (for example) switches workspaces. Is there a way I can disable the OS functions of these ...
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How to use media keys in GNOME Shell with local and web media players

Whenever I open a media player (i.e. Rhythmbox, Banshee...), I am able to control them with the media keys (play/pause, next song, etc.). Now I would like to pass those media keys to my web browser as ...
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Change menu shortcuts in Evolution

I'm trying to change menu shortcuts in the E-mail client Evolution, specifically removing the "send message" via "Ctrl-Enter" shortcut, but can't figure out how. My system is rather new: Debian 8 ...
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How to cycle displays in Mate desktop?

On the Arch-based Antergos Linux, initially Gnome Shell desktop, I have installed Mate on a laptop that normally (in Windows, OpenSuse, Ubuntu) has a dedicated key to switch between displays, which ...
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How to move windows across displays in Gnome 3?

In Gnome 3, moving windows with the keyboard shortcuts Meta+← and Meta+→ can be convenient. Now, I have two displays installed and would like to move windows across the displays without ...
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Can you assign arbitrary keybindings in xmonad?

I know how to set up keybindings where you have to hold down one of the keys of type KeyMask. Which are: Alts, Ctrls, Windowskeys. Also, giving 0 as the KeyMask can be used to define single-key ...
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In X11, how can I create a custom key combination that maps to PgUp, PgDn, Home, and End?

My keyboard does not have keys for Home, End, Page Up, and Page Down. I would like do the following: Map Shift+Alt+⇦ to Home Map Shift+Alt+⇨ to End Map Shift+Alt+⇧ to Page Up Map ...
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Some of fn keys not recognized after upgrade

After upgrading my system (including kernel) I discovered that some of fn keys (XF86MonBrightnessUp and XF86MonBrightnessDown) are not recognized by xev and even showkey. Each time one of these keys ...
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Custom global keybindings in cinnamon via gsettings

I am trying to setup some keyboard shortcuts for cinnamon: gsettings set org.cinnamon.desktop.keybindings custom-list \ "['custom0', \ 'custom1', \ 'custom2', \ 'custom3', \ ...
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xorg.conf XkbOption ignored for terminate:ctrl_alt_bksp to restart X

I want Ctrl+Alt+Bksp to restart X, so I created an xorg.conf rule: /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/53-zap.conf: Section "ServerFlags" Option "DontZap" "false" EndSection Section "InputClass" ...
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How to get brightness keys working inside openbox session?

I'm using Openbox window manager without DE. I'd like to get fn + [brightness up/down icon] working like it is in GNOME/KDE, but i'm looking for lightweight solution without gnome-power-manager and ...
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How do you make a toggle key using Autokey?

I want to use Autokey to toggle the e key on and off in a program called "xyz". So if I press e, the program thinks I'm holding down e. I press e again, it thinks I released it. How do you do this ...
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XFCE - Send window to other monitor on keystroke

I am running Xubuntu 11.10 with a dual monitor setup. I am looking to create a keystroke (maybe CTRL + ALT + SPACE which will allow me send a selected window to the next monitor. In GNOME there is a ...
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How to close any window in Awesome WM?

Desktop application developers are free to choose which keyboard shortcuts they want to support. On Windows the convention is pretty strong: Alt-F4 closes most applications Ctrl-F4 closes most major ...
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KSH on old unix systemV: search history

I have set a good ksh environement on old unix PATH=$PATH:/usr/lib/acct:/usr/sbin:/sbin:/usr/ucb export PATH EDITOR=vi FCEDIT=vi export EDITOR export FCEDIT HOSTNAME=`uname -n` HISTSIZE=500 ...
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Why does exporting vim as EDITOR in zsh disable keyboard shortcuts?

My .zshrc looks like this: export EDITOR="/usr/bin/vim" Now when I open a terminal and enter a keyboard shortcut like ctrla to go to the beginning of the line, it doesn't work. Instead, the string ...
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Cannot change global keyboard shortcuts in Linux Mint XFCE

I am using Linux Mint 14 XFCE. I am trying to remove the default XFCE window manager shortcuts for workspace switching (Ctrl-F1, Ctrl-F2, etc.), as described in this question. The answers there ...
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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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Why doesn't this sequence of keys, using SyRq, work

I have Fedora 20, with zshell and Mate desktop. I have just come across this article about using SysRq keys, but they don't give the results shown there. I am using Alt with the key marked "Home" ...
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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 do I disable the left-(meta|windows) key binding in gnome-shell

I changed the keybinding to Show the activities overview in the panel System Settings / Keyboard / Shortcuts to Shift-ESC, but the left-meta or left-windows key is still bringing it up. How do I ...
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Pasting X selection (not clipboard contents) with keyboard

I'd like to be able to paste the X selection using the keyboard. Currently I have to use the middle mouse button to do this. I gather that faking a middle mouse button press is fairly easy to do, ...
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Free all function keys ( F1-F12 ) for gnome-terminal

I'm using gnome-terminal and I need to free all the F keys because I need to remap them to something else inside vim, how I can do that? I'm running Ubuntu 13.04.
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Openbox keybindings not taking effect after --reconfigure or restarting X

273 <keybind key="W-Return"> 274 <action name="Execute"> 275 <command>lxterminal</command> 276 </action> 277 </keybind> 278 ...
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Keyboard shortcut with Shift in Mate

I installed Fedora 21 with Mate. When I tried to bind the hotkey Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Up (for moving a window to some desktop), it tells me that I am already using Ctrl+Alt+Up for switching. I can't ...
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xmodmap keybindings don't work

I am trying to use Xmodmap to add some german diareses/umlauts to my keyboard, but Xmodmap is not working with them (but is with other remappings). I am following this guide: German Umlauts on US ...
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Is it possible to make the right mouse button do something else in Linux Mint?

I have a cheap 2 button mouse so wanted to turn the right mouse button into my gesture button (with Easystroke). Perhaps making a double right click act as a normal right click.
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Ubuntu 14.04 - Force using home and end as keyboard shortcuts

I'd like to be able to use the Home and End keys as shortcuts, but Ubuntu's settings absolutely refuse to let you do so by normal means because it'll become "impossible to type using this key." - ...
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I can't open the terminal in Cinnamon

I have Linux Mint 13 with Cinnamon installed, but I can't open a terminal using right click nor using CtlrAltt this is just an issue with Cinnamon, why is that happening? Update I tried to solve the ...
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Remapping Num Lock key to function as Caps Lock

As a followup to this question, my Caps Lock key is now mapped to Compose instead. However, it turns out that my 14 month old toddler still manages to turn on Caps Lock from time to time with his ...
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The n key doesn't work anymore but N does

I've been playing around xmodmap to create a custom keyboard (refer to Get the keycode of a key, from a custom made keyboard also). But now, I can't use the N key anymore, but the Shift+N still works ...
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Xmodmap remapping Caps, but still triggering Caps Lock

Im using CentOS 6.5 workstation, pretty standard config, with normal dell keyboard, EN/US lang and keyboard layout. I have the following in the .Xmodmap keycode 66 = Control_L clear Lock add Control ...
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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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Can't use Control key while setting shortcut keys for compiz

I might got a problem along with my Xorg config, all control keys are now shown as <Primary>, what is that? I just mapped Capslock to Left Control, and I can't set the shortcut key to Control + ...
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Alt-< and Alt-> (and possibly some other keys) not working in elinks

I am running elinks (0.12pre5) in an xterm window in Openbox on a Debian netinstall (7.8) with fairly minimal changes/additional software installation. I have changed a few elinks options, but none ...
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Use a keyboard shortcut to switch between synergy-“ized” monitors/windows

Is it possible to map a command to my keyboard so that I can switch between my various windows? I checked on the synergy website but was not able to find very much about the subject. I'm trying to be ...
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Swap OS X Command/Control keys without changing bash shortcuts

I originally asked this on Ask Different, but I think since my issue is probably more with bash this would be a more appropriate site. First of all, I know that you can use the System Preferences to ...