xmodmap is a tool for manipulating keymaps and pointer button mappings in the Xorg environment.

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How to get keycodes for xmodmap?

I'm trying to use xmodmap to remap Alt / Super keys on Dell L100 keyboard, and have trouble getting the keycodes. For instance, using xev doesn't give me keycode for Alt FocusOut event, serial 36, ...
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Keymapping problem when working with Emacs and Openbox

I have an Apple keyboard and I had to do some remapping of the keys to make the mod-4 key the first key to the left of the Space bar for when working with Emacs. The below script worked fine when I ...
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How can I write a “idempotent” .Xmodmap

Currently I have an .Xmodmap file that changes my Command to Ctrl, then changes my Ctrl to Super (I'm running Linux on a Mac). It works quite well, when only run once but on successive runs (for ...
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Get the keycode of a key, from a custom made keyboard

I'm trying to transform a Minitel to a computer with a Raspberry Pi. This is a minitel: So I soldered the matrix of the minitel keyboard to a usb keyboard pcb, like this: Everything is working ...
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Reassign Ctl and Alt keys - xmodmap error

I am attempting to remap my keyboard in order to make emacs usable. My ergonomic keyboard puts its single Control key in an isolated 4-key island way off to the left. The OS is Debian squeeze. Here ...
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Mapping key combination with xmodmap

I'm trying to achieve the following mapping keycode 135 = <Ctrl-C> Is it possible to achieve this in some way?
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Relationship of keyboard layout and xmodmap

I'm using Xubuntu. Before login I can choose a keyboard layout. I'm using xmodmap for remmaping some keys. I'm interested in two things: How the state of keyboard mapping changes when I turn the ...
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What is the Mode_switch modifier for?

Playing with xmodmap I encountered a modifier key I hadn't heard of: Mode_switch. It seems to have something to do with inserting special characters. I assigned it to a key but it seems to have no ...
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Remapping Caps Lock with xmodmap doesn't work

When I program I like to swap these keys: Esc ↔ Tab Ctrl ↔ CapsLock In ~/.xmodmap, I have specified these re-mappings: keycode 66 = Control_L keycode 37 = Caps_Lock keycode 23 = Escape keycode 9 = ...
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Remapping power key to delete

I have a macbook pro running Ubuntu 13.10 with FluxBox. Unfortunately, the power button is physically above the backspace where I would expect the delete key to be in. In OS X, the PowerKey program ...
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Openbox overwrites xmodmap configuration

I am setting up openbox on my laptop running Linux Mint 13. I want my Caps Lock key to act as an additional control key. I put the required settings in my ~/.Xmodmap file and checked it by running ...
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Switch Fn key state

I have this issue with Lenovo Thinkcentre Edge. Its keyboard has Fn key, which acts in my Ubuntu (with Fluxbox) as if it is always "active/pressed". I can't use standard F1-F12 keys unless I hold ...
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how to assign another modifier to Alt key for X11?

Aim: I would like to assign Alt to CapsLock-key, and Meta to Alt-key. But in such way, Alt-key would no longer be recognized as Alt, and CapsLock-key would no longer be recognized as CapsLock. ...
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Why doesn't this udev rule trigger upon removal of the device?

I have two mice, one which has an issue where the middle mouse button and button6 get triggered simultaneously. So I configured my ~/.Xmodmap to disable this button. At the same time, however, I ...
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Back button to middle mouse button

I would like to map "Back" button (xev shows it as "button 7") of my mouse (A4Tech X-7) to act as a middle mouse button. Is there a way to do this? I'm lost in google, finding only how to map buttons ...
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AltGr keys don't work with Ubuntu in VirtualBox

I just installed VirtualBox (from Oracle) in Windows 7, and created a virtual machine with latest Ubuntu. Here in Firefox I can use the left Ctrl key, while the right one doesn't have any effect. ...
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Swapping <esc> and <caps lock> in a way that persists with external keyboards

I have a file called ~/.speedswapper which contains the following: ! Swap caps lock and escape remove Lock = Caps_Lock keysym Escape = Caps_Lock keysym Caps_Lock = Escape add Lock = Caps_Lock ...
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How to remap a key combination to a key?

Is it possible to remap a key combination to a key in X server based system, so that for example if I press End + Arrow_up, keycode for Home is generated? Google seems to be silent on this issue. It ...
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Cannot switch to console anymore after using Alt_R as mod4

I'd like to use the right ALT key as 'mod4' (most notably because, by default, the 'awesome' window manager is using mod4 as a modifier for most WM commands and I like that idea a lot). However I've ...
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How to set an xmodmap file for the session manager (or at least SLiM) because of a broken physical key

I've got my laptop set up to boot directly into SLiM as the X session manager. However, the "M" key on my laptop is broken. I've gotten around this when logged in by using xmodmap to remap my ...
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Set the key for spanish eñe letter

How can I map the spanish eñe letter to a key combination? What application is suitable for this purpose (xmodmap, xbindkeys, ...)? When I press Caps Lock + n, it should type ñ When I press Caps ...
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How to re-enable the caps lock key?

I am currently setting up my default keyboard layout like this: setxkbmap -layout us -variant dvorak -option ctrl:nocaps,[...] It disables the caps lock key and makes it an additional ctrl key, ...
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xmodmap problems and inconsistencies with more than 4 alternative symbols per key

I was trying to make my keyboard more useful and used xmodmap to map mathematical and greek symbols to mod3 modifier level. Where caps lock is mapped to mod3. As I understand, the 8-entry lines in ...
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run xmodmap commands after login

I created a file ~/.Xmodmap with my mapping commands. I thought that it will be automatically launched after login (and restart) but it's not. So I have to always run after login the command $ ...
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Remapping caps-lock to escape, and menu to compose, on the linux console

When running X I use a .xmodmaprc to remap certain keys thusly: ! Make it so that both Caps Lock and Escape do Escape clear Lock keysym Caps_Lock = Escape ! Remap the menu key as Compose keysym Menu ...
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F4-key mysteriously reassigned

In the middle of today, my F4 key started producing the letter p, without my conscious acting and I can't seem to revert this change. Whenever I press F4, p appears instead. How can I change this ...
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Can I Xmodmap only a specific device?

I'd like to reverse scroll direction, but only on my BCM5794 multitouch trackpad. Is this possible?
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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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Binding Shift-Enter to insert a newline without evaluating the current expression

I try to bind Shift-Enter to insert a newline without evaluating the current expression in the terminal and in repl modes. Reading through the ArchWiki, I tried setting this in my ~/.Xmodmap file and ...
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Convert UTF-8 character to xmodmap name

Is there a way of converting a UTF-8 character to its corresponding xmodmap name? So if the input is ” the output would be rightdoublequotemark.
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How to map Caps Lock as the compose key using Xmodmap portably and idempotently?

I can't seem to find a way to use Caps Lock as the compose key properly. Some methods are not portable since they require that you detect the key number using something like xev on every host. Other ...
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Is it possible to add more modifiers?

I'm using minimalistic WM controlled by a keyboard.. The main question is, is it possible? How? For example, Mod6. I know how to remap existing modifiers, but not how to add a new ones. I'm using Arch ...
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Matlab gets “crazy” after type special characters

I'm using a computer running Ubuntu and I'm connected through ssh to a RedHat machine where I use Matlab in command line mode (matlab -nodesktop). Matlab version is 7.10.0.499 (R2010a). My problem ...
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CapsLock as modifier key for application keymaps

I am developer and currently I am using Ubuntu Linux with PyCharm IDE for development of website. In order to improve typing performance I consider change CapsLock to Hyper_L and assign it to mod3 ...
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How to clear keybinding

I'm in Linux (if it's relevant: Fedora 17 x86_64, 3.6.11) and my laptop's PageUp key has gone ultrasensitive on me. I'd like to disable it (remap it to nothing at all) as I've never liked it where it ...
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xmodmap configuration reset after time

I wrote a simple layout changing configuration for xmodmap (Caps/Ctrl swap, and such) and stored the config to $HOME/.Xmodmap. When I run xmodmap ~/.Xmodmap everything works fine, the layout is ...
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Remap keys on GNOME3.8 using xmodmap?

I want to remap some keys on my keyboard, specifically: page up key to home and page down to end. On previous versions of GNOME 3 I just created a .xinitrc file that contained: cat .xinitrc ...
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Setting Mod4 in awesome

I'm trying to set up awesome. When I start it the Mod4 (Windows) key is not working. So I tried to extent my .Xmodmap clear Mod4 add Mod4 = Multi_key When I run xmodmap .Xmodmap the Mod4 works, but ...
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xmodmap KeyPress Event to ButtonPress event

I just got a logitech t400 mouse and everything is working well, except I want to remap the "top" part of the middle mouse to actual middle mouse function. When I run xev, and capture the clicks, ...
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Keep keyboard layout upon inserting external keyboard

I have a custom keyboard layout, that I enable using this commands: setxkbmap -verbose us -variant altgr-intl xmodmap -verbose /home/coub/.myxmodmap This works just fine, the thing is, that when I ...
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Mode_switch + Shift not the same as Shift + Mode_Switch?

I've this in my ~/.Xmodmap: keycode 47 = Mode_switch NoSymbol Mode_switch keycode 25 = w W backslash bar Shift+Mode_switch+W produces bar, which is what's intended. However Mode_switch+Shift+W ...
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xmodmap for key combination - how to toggle the Fn behavior?

With Logitech K290 keyboard via USB, F. keys are not accessible by default, and I need to press Fn before using them, which is not really usable. The Fn key alone does not fire any event in xev. ...
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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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Turn NumLock on on startup?

I usually edit in Vim,and when pressing +, I'd rather move my hand to the right part of the keyboard where + resides rather than doing shift + =. But when NumLock is not on, in Vim it just opens a ...
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Xmodmap syntax for rebining shift+up

I would like to rebind some keys on Linux via Xmodmap. Left and up cursor on my Acer (yes, I know) laptop have broke. I would like to map shift+down to up, and shift+right to left. Struggling to ...
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Remap Caps_Lock to Control in Solaris

I'm having the hardest time trying to understand how xmodmap works. I want to remap the Caps Lock key to Control. In an attempt to emaulate the answers shown here, I created the file .xmodmaprc: ...
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xmodmap shift + keycode to produce keysym

There seem to be few examples for how to use xmodmap to bind a modifier + some key, to a new key. E.g. I want to bind left Shift (keycode 50) + ` (keycode 21) to emit a grave accent character: ` ...
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How to swap the Ctrl and Alt keys in ibus?

I swapped both sides of Ctrl and Alt using xmodmap. It is quite convenient to use Ctrl keys in Emacs, Emacs uses Ctrl key a lot. However, when I start ibus, the xmodmap stops working. I googled and ...
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how to swap ctrl and capslock using xmodmap?

I know this xmodmap script can swap ctrl and capslock: remove Lock = Caps_Lock remove Control = Control_L keysym Caps_Lock = Control_L keysym Control_L = Caps_Lock add Lock = Caps_Lock add Control ...
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Since yesterday's Debian update, X11 does not appear to load my ~/.Xmodmap file, what would the most proper way of loading it be?

Due to lack of multimedia keys on the current keyboard, I bind F12 to play/pause, but that stopped working since yesterday, after to a large batch upgrade from the last month or so. So, what I am ...