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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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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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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 prevent the caps-lock toggle effect, without remapping or disabling it?

I have an X11 program that grabs caps-lock, and uses it. The problem is, I want to disable the regular caps-lock toggling, but doing so seems to disable the key. So whatever X11 gets for a caps-lock ...
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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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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 to permanently swap esc and caps lock in xfce / xubuntu?

I followed some post a while ago, and it said to make an ~/.xmodmap file like so: ! Swap caps lock and escape remove Lock = Caps_Lock keysym Escape = Caps_Lock keysym Caps_Lock = Escape add Lock = ...
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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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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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Reassign Ctrl and Alt keys - xmodmap 'BadValue' 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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Map Caps Lock to Control in Linux Mint

I am running the latest version of Linux Mint with Cinnamon. I'm trying to map Caps Lock to Ctrl, but I cannot figure out how to do it. All web searches I've done have led me to older versions of ...
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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 remapping some keys. I'm interested in two things: How the state of keyboard mapping changes (a) when I turn the ...
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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 ok,...
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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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Why do my xmodmap binds involving AltGr only work on some keys?

I want to remap my AltGR+Right_Windows but I can't figure out how. No matter what I try, pressing the right windows key emits the name keysym when right alt is pressed or not. These are the contents ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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How to permanently remap caps lock to esc in X11?

I want to remap caps lock to escape in X11 (i.e. pressing the physical caps lock button will be interpreted as esc by applications and esc's behavior will not change). The solution must survive an X ...
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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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Create xkb configuration from xmodmap

I have a custom xmodmap file I use, including useful multi-language diacriticals, english quotes, dashes &c. I want to use this map with kmscon, so I need to create a xkb configuration from it. Is ...
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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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How to map extra keys in linux?

I'm running archlinux on my thinkpad x1 carbon 5th gen which has some extra keys. These keys currently do nothing and I'd like to remap them. Firstly, I tried getting their keycodes via xev but they ...
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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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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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How to map mouse keys as keyboard keys without losing'numeric keypad' for Linux?

I know how to map mouse click for F1, F2 and F3 (respectively left click, middle click, right click): xkbset m # required, but disable keypad xmodmap -e "keycode 67 = Pointer_Button1 ...
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How can I change an underutilized keyboard key into a modifier key

I have a Korean keyboard that looks like this: Hanja (한자), just to the left of space, is so little utilized even when typing in Korean, yet it's in prime real real estate for my left thumb as an i3 ...
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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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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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What files does the Gnome Tweak Tool act on (when changing the Typing settings)?

I've saved the output of $ xmodmap -pke in ~/.map1. Then, I have changed some settings through the Gnome Tweak Tool (say, to keep it simple, I swapped Esc and Caps Lock). Then I again saved the ...
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How do I bind AltGr+key to a symbol?

I want to bind AltGr+W to æ, and some other combinations, how can I do this? I also need AltGr+Shift+W to Æ. I normally use setxkbmap to change the keymap.
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xmodmap hanging the system for 20 secs and not sticking

I edited the keyboard map using xmodmap as per https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Xmodmap, and I have two problems: executing xmodmap ~/.Xmodmap completely hangs the system for 15-25secs, which ...
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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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“xmodmap -pke” shows more than 6 columns

Arch Wiki and other sites only explain the first 6 columns in "xmodmap -pke": Print the current keymap table formatted into expressions: $ xmodmap -pke [...] keycode 57 = n N [...] Each ...
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xmodmap key bindings reset when I open a new tab in the shell

When I open a shell in ranger with shift-s, open vim and then open a shell with :sh or open a new shell tab with ctrl-shift-t, my xmodmap keybindings (swapped caps lock and escape keys) are reset. ...
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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 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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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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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 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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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 back?...
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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 ...