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    Binding keyboard shortcuts to Mouse Buttons

    I tried this under System > Preferences > Keyboard Shortcuts and thought I could bind the "Show Panel Menu" action to my Middle/Right Mouse Click. But since it's "Keyboard Shortcuts", it doesn't accept mouse events.

    Does ubuntu have a way of doing this? I'm using the stock configuration (fresh install) so no window manager mods yet.

    Will really appreciate your help on this. Thanks!

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    Re: Binding keyboard shortcuts to Mouse Buttons

    Quote Originally Posted by jesusdomingo View Post
    I tried this under System > Preferences > Keyboard Shortcuts and thought I could bind the "Show Panel Menu" action to my Middle/Right Mouse Click. But since it's "Keyboard Shortcuts", it doesn't accept mouse events.

    Does ubuntu have a way of doing this? I'm using the stock configuration (fresh install) so no window manager mods yet.

    Will really appreciate your help on this. Thanks!
    If you install the Compiz Config Manager you can bind a plethora of actions to any of the mouse buttons of your choosing. You need to enable the universe repositories then:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager
    For those new to Ubuntu most of your answers can be found at help.ubuntu.com or ubuntuguide.org

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    Re: Binding keyboard shortcuts to Mouse Buttons

    I s there another solution for binding mouse buttons to hotkey-combos? I am not really keen on being foreced to use compiz.
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    Re: Binding keyboard shortcuts to Mouse Buttons

    @warp99

    I tried going thru the compiz settings manager but it seems that the actions already have pre-determined devices that can be used for the bindings (ie. map an action to a mouse event rather than a keyboard event).

    Am I missing something?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Binding keyboard shortcuts to Mouse Buttons

    Quote Originally Posted by jesusdomingo View Post
    @warp99

    I tried going thru the compiz settings manager but it seems that the actions already have pre-determined devices that can be used for the bindings (ie. map an action to a mouse event rather than a keyboard event).

    Am I missing something?

    Thanks!
    If your using the CCSM (compizconfig-settings-manager) controls not the standard Compiz control panel in Gnome you can change the mouse button to whatever action you would like. So you can change any of the default bindings for the mouse button to a binding of your choosing, even opening programs. I change the bindings all of the time since every new version of Compiz seems to re-arrange the bindings, hot-keys, and hot-corners in spades.

    Anyway if you still wanted to use a different program to set the mouse button you would still need to go into CCSM and turn off the binding for the mouse button for that event.

    Edit:

    In CCSM go to 'General Options' and under 'Windows Menu' choose the mouse button you would like to use. If there is a conflict between bindings CCSM will let you know and give the option of disabling the other button binding.
    Last edited by warp99; April 23rd, 2008 at 04:09 PM. Reason: Additional information
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