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    Re: Cannot change keyboard shortcuts in Ubuntu 12.04

    @Paddy

    I can confirm that. Does anyone know what blocks/captures these Key-pressings? Or how to track this down?
    By the way, what sense does it make not to allow a shortcut that is not being used. Is this some kind of anti-M$-stuff?

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    Re: Cannot change keyboard shortcuts in Ubuntu 12.04

    Quote Originally Posted by modr View Post
    By the way, what sense does it make not to allow a shortcut that is not being used. Is this some kind of anti-M$-stuff?
    LOL, no, I think it is an accidental regression. There were problems with the Super key before; in 11.04 it worked perfectly; but the problems have arisen again.
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    Re: Cannot change keyboard shortcuts in Ubuntu 12.04

    Quote Originally Posted by Paddy Landau View Post
    LOL, no, I think it is an accidental regression. There were problems with the Super key before; in 11.04 it worked perfectly; but the problems have arisen again.

    In 11.10 I did the following: unmapped the expo kay and remapped the desired shortcuts (note: <Super> or <Mod4> in the examples below do not yield any benefit).

    Code:
      echo "Assign Windows key and set Win+E, Win+T, Win+B"
      echo "set \"Super is mapped to Win-key\""
      gconftool-2 --type list --set \
      /desktop/gnome/peripherals/keyboard/kbd/options --list-type \
      string "[altwin	altwin:super_win]" #need to be a tab
      
      echo "set up Nautilus shortcut Win+E"
      echo "Win+E is by default set for Compiz Expo Plugin."
      echo "Set Win+X for Compiz Expo Plugin."
      gconftool-2 -t str --set \
      /apps/compiz-1/plugins/expo/allscreens/options/expo_key "<Super>x"
      gconftool-2 -t str --set \
      /apps/gnome_settings_daemon/keybindings/home "<Mod4>e"
    Since 12.04 This does not work with the home folder but with the terminal ...

    Code:
     echo "set up Terminal shortcut Win+T"
      gconftool-2 -t str --set \
      /apps/metacity/global_keybindings/run_command_terminal "<Mod4>t"

    ... when I press Win+E just a tiny search bock with an "e" in pops up (see screenshot).

    Screenshot1.jpg

    Any ideas? Is there really nothing we can do to address that "regression" whatever you refer to with it?!?
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    Last edited by modr; May 13th, 2012 at 02:03 PM.

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    Re: Cannot change keyboard shortcuts in Ubuntu 12.04

    Quote Originally Posted by modr View Post
    Since 12.04 This does not work with the home folder but with the terminal ...
    As explained before, the terminal is not a custom short-cut, so it works. I don't know about the home folder, sorry.

    Quote Originally Posted by modr View Post
    ... when I press Win+E just a tiny search bock with an "e" in pops up (see screenshot).
    That will happen even if you just press E. It starts a search box, with the Super key being ignored.
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    Re: Cannot change keyboard shortcuts in Ubuntu 12.04

    I've switched to Ubuntu 12.04 from Mac OS X (and VERY occasionally, Windows). I had used it for decades (literally). That means that combinations like Command+V for "paste" (or, for non Mac people, Win+V) are ingrained reflex reactions. Try as I do to use Ctl+V (etc.), I keep tripping up.

    When I experimented using a previous Ubuntu release, I was able to make the left Win key appear to be the same as Ctl.

    I don't actually want to change shortcuts per se. What I really want to do is use the right Command (Win) key as Super and have the left Command (Win) key as another Ctl key.

    I also want to use the right Option (Alt) key for something else (whatever the key is called that is used to allow entering accented letters, em-dash and other special characters). Currently I have the right Command (Win) key set to do that. This worked with the older Ubuntu release.

    Probably related is another item. I cannot disable Caps Lock (a key I frequently activate by accident) — very annoying!

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    Re: Cannot change keyboard shortcuts in Ubuntu 12.04

    Quote Originally Posted by johngoold View Post
    What I really want to do is use the right Command (Win) key as Super and have the left Command (Win) key as another Ctl key...
    Regarding your problems, it sounds as though you want to remap certain of the keys on the keyboard. Although this can be done (with some difficulty), I don't recommend it -- it is better to learn to use the keys for their given tasks, otherwise future upgrades will trip you up.

    If you still wish to go ahead with remapping your keyboard, have a look at xev, xmodmap, xbindkeys, and xbindkeys-config (the last is GUI; the others are all CLI). As I have never used any of these, I cannot help you with their use -- Canonical does not support any of them, so use them at your own risk!
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    Re: Cannot change keyboard shortcuts in Ubuntu 12.04

    Quote Originally Posted by johngoold View Post
    Probably related is another item. I cannot disable Caps Lock (a key I frequently activate by accident) — very annoying!
    Although running risk this thread being hijacked ...

    ... maybe best to start a new one and link it if need be.

    Nevertheless, did you try to remap it using .Xmodmap

    see
    http://wiki.archlinux.de/title/Xmodmap
    http://wiki.ubuntuusers.de/Xmodmap

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    Re: Cannot change keyboard shortcuts in Ubuntu 12.04

    You also cannot use the numeric keypad for shortcuts in 12.04 / 64 bit.

    In previous versions of Ubuntu, the shortcut dialog could distinguish a numeric keypad key from its counterpart on the main keyboard. (for instance "numeric_+" vs plain unicode "+" This allowed you to use the entire set of numeric keys, shifted and otherwise, as an extra bank of function keys. Unity 12.04 does not do that.

    Also, I see no way to change the shortcuts for opening the dash and finders.

    There are many things I like about Unity. (The HUD is brilliant) but I must have customizability, and Unity still falls far too short. I'm sticking for XFCE, for now.

    (Hey, that's why we have multiple desktops)


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    Re: Cannot change keyboard shortcuts in Ubuntu 12.04

    I installed some updates this morning, and all of my shortcuts were reset to the defaults after rebooting. I was cautiously optimistic that they got reset because this bug was fixed, but nope.

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    Re: Cannot change keyboard shortcuts in Ubuntu 12.04

    The bug for this issue has been raised to "High" importance. I found that surprising, as I would have made it "Moderate", but it is in progress, which is great.
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    In my day, we had the outdoors in which to run, play, and socialise. Now people use computers for that.

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