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  1. #1
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    Nov 2006

    Change a keyboard Shortcut Ubuntu 11.10

    Greetings all,
    Before upgrading to Ubuntu 11.10, I had my printscreen key pointing to ksnapshot. After my upgrade my printscreen key is firing up a different snapshot program. How do I change this to start up ksapshot?

    Ksnapshot allows me to draw a retangle of different sizes to create a snapshot. This is easier than editing a snapshot of the entire screen.

    I went into the system >> keyboard >> Shortcuts >> Screenshots, but I cannot change what program is triggered by the clicking of the Printscreen key.

    Appreciate any help, thanks...

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2008

    Re: Change a keyboard Shortcut Ubuntu 11.10


    I have the same problem also. Some keys can be reassigned properly but others cannot -- "Print Screen" and "Insert" in particular cannot be remapped to anything, although, say, "Pause/Break" can. It is very frustrating! I have had custom keybindings for several years and relearning is very painful.

  3. #3
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    Jun 2009

    Re: Change a keyboard Shortcut Ubuntu 11.10

  4. #4
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    Aug 2009

    Re: Change a keyboard Shortcut Ubuntu 11.10

    Quote Originally Posted by wkrekik View Post
    not the answer for me i want to reassign what program is launched, not the key combination..any thoughts?

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2008

    Re: Change a keyboard Shortcut Ubuntu 11.10

    Hi YankeeFan, mbmccurdy, frodowiz and others who are affected,

    I opened this bug
    related to this very problem. If it affects you please go there and say it affects you to give it some priority for fixing.


  6. #6
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    Sep 2007

    Re: Change a keyboard Shortcut Ubuntu 11.10

    The keybindings setting in Ubuntu 11.10 is weird, but you can set a different screenshot program for the print key in gconf. Provided you have installed gconf, go to apps -> metacity -> keybinding_commands - the last two in the list are the commands for making a full screenshot and a window shot respectively, and here you can simply set what you want.

    I am using Shutter, and that program actually seems to be able to change these two settings by itself once you enable the keys in its settings -> keyboard tab.

  7. #7
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    Dec 2012

    Post Re: Change a keyboard Shortcut Ubuntu 11.10

    The solution for this problem is by replacing "Window Manager" with "Metacity" (that you should have already installed on your ubuntu), so what you have to do is write this sequence of commands:

    metacity --replace &

    save it as bash file in a directory you prefer, than go to prefrences -> Startup application -> add, so browse your saved file and add it.
    Restart and you'll see metacity working.
    Hope that my resolution will be usefull for you and hope you'll understand my english cause i'm italian.. =)
    Last edited by lazyalex92; December 28th, 2012 at 10:59 AM.

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