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Old 02-16-2014, 04:25 PM   #1
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Keyboard shortcuts for standard operations

Hi there,

before getting friendly with Linux, I was an intimate Windows user for many years. During that time, I got used to the fact that many low-level GUI functions like moving/resizing windows or clipboard operations are handled centrally (including the associated keyboard shortcuts) without the need of explicit support by each individual application.

In popular Linux desktops, particularly MATE, it doesn't seem to be like that. Most of the commonly used keyboard shortcuts work most of the time, but not everywhere. For instance, Ctrl-F4 for closing a document window works fine in Opera, Bluefish or LibreOffice, but pluma (MATE's plaintext editor) doesn't respond to it (Firefox, on the other hand, sometimes closes two documents at once as a response to Ctrl-F4). For instance Alt-Backspace for Undo works in LibreOffice, but hardly anywhere else. For instance, Ctrl-Ins for Copy to Clipboard works in most editors and form controls, but not in Caja's property dialogs. I was able to assign it in Terminal and in Inkscape, though.

Is there a way to reassign these standard shortcuts globally? I've seen that there's the "Keyboard Shortcuts" applet in Control Center, but standard operations like Copy/Paste or Undo/Redo aren't listed there and I haven't yet found out how to add them. Is it possible at all? And will it work for all applications then?

Thanks for any helpful thought.

[X] Doc CPU

PS: I'm talking specifically about Mint 13 "Maya" with backports enabled, thus having an up-to-date MATE desktop.

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Most desktops/window managers provide ways of adding and customizing keyboard shortcuts. I've done it in Fluxbox and E17, but not in MATE.

This article might help. Look about a quarter of the way down.


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