View Full Version : [gnome] Remap single key (Caps Lock) as arbitrary keystroke?

January 2nd, 2011, 06:27 AM
Odd question - like many folks, I don't use Caps Lock, and right now, it's just a dead key. I know I can remap it to any single key by turning it back into Caps Lock in my keyboard layout, then creating a startup script to remap it, but it's made to not repeat (one signal per press) and not to combine with anything else in the hardware, so I can't use it as an extra Super or anything like that, and I don't really need one regardless. What I'm wondering is whether or not it would be possible to remap it to a common keystroke, like Alt+F4, Alt+Left, or Ctrl+I, that I use on a regular basis.

Weird question, I know. It's something I'd been thinking about before the Google CR-48 did it at the hardware level, and now I really want that. = )


October 25th, 2011, 11:54 AM
It looks like this is possible, but not directly. Essentially, you'd:

configure xmodmap to send a different key code when Caps Lock is pressed
configure Gnome or KDE to run xte with the keystrokes you want.

I have posted this on my blog at http://linuxtips.manki.in/2011/10/opening-new-browser-tab-when-caps-lock.html. Hope this helps.