View Full Version : [ubuntu] mouse free computing

August 21st, 2010, 03:13 PM
I would like to be able to use my desktop with just my keyboard and no mouse use at all. I know how to go to keyboard shortcuts and set a lot of those but in firefox I can not figure out how to get to File Edit View menu bar without the mouse. Does anyone have any tips with this or is there another browser that you can configure the keyboard shortcuts for? Thank you for any suggestions at all with making this process easier. I am running Ubuntu Lucid Lynx.

August 21st, 2010, 04:23 PM
Well, instead of using GNOME (the default Ubuntu user interface) you could try a minimalistic environment aimed towards keyboard use.

For example, take a look at DWM:


It's got a learning curve, but is designed to work without a mouse and be used with a keyboard. Works nicely on an old server box of mine.

August 21st, 2010, 04:33 PM
Alt+F doesn't open the file tab?

You can also install LoL (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/8781/) to click on links on a page.

August 21st, 2010, 04:47 PM
Thank you all for the tips I am going to check all those out. Oops alt-F does open the file menu! Thank you!

August 21st, 2010, 04:58 PM
There are several window managers designed specifically to reduce or eliminate the use of a mouse.

Ratpoison comes to mind, but there are others.

Fluxbox has a number of configuration options as well.



Review with screen shots :


Note: Most of these WM require you to configure them to your preferences and IMO they are not as polished out of the box as the big 3 (gnome, kde, xfce).