I recently had Global Shortcuts stop working in KDE 4.

I asked around on forums and chat rooms for solutions. Some people mentioned kded.

I tried reinstalling.

After about a week I upgraded all my packages were back to normal.

However, I still don't know what runs and causes Global Shortcuts to work and would like this to be clarified if anyone knows.


  • Various reasons... from KDE Bubs to Distro packaging bugs, to idk. What version of KDE 4 are you using? – xenoterracide Oct 13 '10 at 17:31
  • Eventually Gloval Shortcuts just seemed to work again. – Forkrul Assail Oct 26 '10 at 9:57
  • I would still like to know what could be wrong. – Forkrul Assail Oct 26 '10 at 9:58
  • Was using a 4.5 version. Some people pointed to KWin. – Forkrul Assail Nov 2 '10 at 6:56
  • @forkul linking breakage probably. or bugs. – xenoterracide Dec 10 '10 at 10:25

When I had some problems with shortcuts, I've found manual fixing of files :

.kde4/share/config/kglobalshortcutsrc (in my case, section: [khotkeys] )

my way.

I hope, those paths might help you.

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