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    [ubuntu] How to change the Fn-key shortcuts?

    Hi! I have a Asus Zenbook UX32A and I would like to know how I can change the Fn-key shortcuts so that for example, if I want to mute the volume I just hit the "F10" key instead of "Fn+F10". Also, if I do that, I want "Fn+F10" to function as "F10".
    Thanks in advance!
    Last edited by KillEmAllx; March 5th, 2014 at 01:51 PM.

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    Re: [ubuntu 12.04] How to change the Fn-key shortcuts?

    Controlling the key-to-function mapping is controlled by the WM, window manager. Each WM has a different config file ... for example, I use LXDE and it installed openbox .... I wanted super-1, super-2, super-3 to launch different programs, so I edit the file "~/.config/openbox/lxde-rc.xml" and find the parts with keymappings.

    Code:
        <keybind key="W-1">
          <action name="execute">
            <command>firefox</command>
          </action>
        </keybind>
        <keybind key="W-2">
          <action name="execute">
            <command>thunderbird</command>
          </action>
        </keybind>
        <keybind key="W-3">
          <action name="execute">
            <command>keepassx</command>
          </action>
        </keybind>
    Simple.

    You know how alt-tab goes to the next window? Here are those settings in the same file:
    Code:
        <keybind key="A-Tab">
          <action name="NextWindow"/>
        </keybind>
        <keybind key="A-S-Tab">
          <action name="PreviousWindow"/>
        </keybind>
    Making sense?
    There may be a GUI to control this stuff - much harder to explain and it will be different for every "*buntu". So, you just need to figure out which WM is running on your machine, find the config file and make these small edits.

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    Re: [ubuntu 12.04] How to change the Fn-key shortcuts?

    How do I find out which WM I'm using? I'm now using Ubuntu 13.10...

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    Re: [ubuntu] How to change the Fn-key shortcuts?

    Check the BIOS, There will be an option to swop the Fn+Media or Number, and reboot and you can press F10 the audio. and FX to Increase and Decrease volume and brightness

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    Re: [ubuntu] How to change the Fn-key shortcuts?

    How do I find out which WM I'm using
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...18#post7641318

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    Re: [ubuntu] How to change the Fn-key shortcuts?

    Quote Originally Posted by Simon_WM View Post
    Check the BIOS, There will be an option to swop the Fn+Media or Number, and reboot and you can press F10 the audio. and FX to Increase and Decrease volume and brightness
    Can you please be more specific? I can't find the setting...

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