Using the Super a.k.a. Windows keys with Xfce - it works
andrew.rw.robinson at gmail.com
Mon Jun 18 22:06:38 CEST 2007
FYI, xbindkeys works with the windows key and xfce fine. I had less
hassle then you seem to be facing. I am using Debian Lenny.
On 6/18/07, Thomas Stein <tstein at tstein.net> wrote:
> Hello everybody!
> First of all, I'm quite new to Xfce. I've used IceWM and Fluxbox for
> ages. Now, after upgrading my laptop to Debian Etch, I gave Xfce a try
> and simply love it.
> With the help of the documentation I could quickly adjust the new
> environment to my needs with one little flaw:
> Almost all my hotkeys I'v got used to over the years use the Super or
> Windows keys as modifier (Super+b for a xterm, Super+m to maximize a
> window, Super+Fn to switch to workspace n and so on). But in the GUI for
> configuring the hotkeys (don't know what the program is called) the
> Super keys were ignored.
> I looked in the FAQ under <http://wiki.xfce.org/faq> and behold, under
> "Usage -> Keyboard" it says:
> "My windows button does not work in the Keyboard Settings > Shortcuts.
> The windows button (also known as the superkey) not working as a
> modifier is related to the toolkit, GTK+ in the case of Xfce. If you
> want to have the windows-key working we recommend you to upgrade GTK+ to
> at least version 2.10.0."
> Etch uses Gtk 2.8.20, so I thought I had lost at this point. But then I
> tried the direct way be editing the config files
> ~/.config/xfce4/shortcuts/tstein.xml (command hotkeys)
> ~/.themes/tstein/xfwm4/keythemerc (window manager hotkeys)
> and sure enough, after restarting my xfce session the keys work as
> I had to create the two files mentioned above via the GUI as descriped
> in the documentation under
> I replaced "Custom" with my username "tstein" though.
> NOTE: The documentation only mentions one config file. Did this change
> from 4.2 to 4.4? Docs for 4.4 seem not to be online yet.
> Thomas Stein
> To map the keys to "Super" I have the lines
> keycode 115 = Super_L
> keycode 116 = Super_R
> in ~/.Xmodmap
> When using them as modifiers for hotkeys, use the following syntax:
> (from ~/.config/xfce4/shortcuts/tstein.xml)
> <shortcut command="Thunar" keys="Super+n"/>
> Don't use Super_L or Super_R here, just Super!
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