This keyboard has only one super key, so I want to remap the menu key to make up for that.


Use xev to find the keycode for the key you want to remap. For example if I press Menu key it tells me that that is keycode 135.

Next in my ~/.xmodmaprc file, I add a line like this:

keycode 135 = Super_R

... to make it the right hand windows key. Then all that remains is to activate the key remaps. This usually happens automatically on login to your x session, but if your Desktop Environment doesn't do that you can run it manually as xmodmap ~/.xmodmaprc from a command line or whatever script gets run when you login.

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    The only real problem with xmodmap is, when you switch layouts. You have to execute xmodmap again. – greenoldman May 19 '11 at 4:46
  • I just tried exactly this, and I do not get any event for the menu key. I use Xfce4 maybe that's the reason, but I can't map the menu key to anything useful. – Arne Jun 2 '16 at 23:59
  • @arne no event shows in xev? Do all the other keys show events? – Caleb Jun 3 '16 at 3:44
  • @Caleb yes all other keys show events. But for me it is solved now. I found out, that when I do xmodmap ~/.Xmodmap from .xinitrc, as it is described in arch wiki, it does work. Just the preview with xmodmap when I am already logged in doesn't work. – Arne Jun 6 '16 at 18:53

I don't know what system you use, but if it is quite modern login as root, go to


Copy (make a backup) evdev file. Edit it. Find the line with Menu Key and change its alias to super key (left or right) e.g. change

alias <MENU> = <COMP>;


alias <MENU> = <SUPR>;

Logout, login (X11 has to be restarted), enjoy your new keyboard.


This does the trick:

xmodmap -e "keysym Menu = Super_R"

for gnome-shell, one just needs to edit this file: /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/pc. and then reboot.

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    While this may be a solution to the OPs problem, to make your answer actually helpful you should add an example, and perhaps explaning the details. – Murphy Jan 19 at 10:13

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