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Old 01-30-2003, 12:49 PM   #1
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How to get Windows key working in Linux?

in 95/98/2k/me/xp when I press the windows key it pops up the start menu, very handy.

Although I've seen "linux" keybords that replace the win key logo with a penguin I've never found a way to program the key to activate the KDE (or gnome) menu. I've gotten it to work like a shift key ie WIN+E opens Konqueror but I can't seem to get linux to accept JUST the win key as a hotkey. Anyone ever try or get this to work?

I'm just one of those old school nuts who is most happy at a text console and tolerates GUIs only if I can shortcut key my way around, which oddly enough I can do effectivly in M$.

FYI my XF86Config:
Section "InputDevice"
	Identifier	"Keyboard0"
	Driver	"Keyboard"
	Option "XkbModel"	"logiinternet"
       #Option "XkbModel"	"PC102" #didn't work
       #Option "XkbModel"	"PC101" #didn't work either
    Option "XkbRules"    "xfree86"
    Option "XkbLayout"   "us"
Old 01-30-2003, 04:10 PM   #2
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How about trying another XkbModel (foreign) with more active keys?
Old 01-30-2003, 04:38 PM   #3
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CTRL ESC makes the menu pop up in KDE.

I'm going to go see about binding it to the menu in Konqueror and Gnome, and will respond when I find out.

A full how-to for accessing the keys has already been written up, and here is the link if you are interested:
(It covers all the weirdo keys, like Print Screen, and the Windows key.)
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Quick addendum:
Found information which states that if you have a RedHat system, you can try this:

Make a file called

and have its contents be:

keycode 115=F13
keycode 116=F14
keycode 117=F15

and then go into the KDE control panel (under shortcuts, I presume?), and bind those keys to the functions you need.
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Old 02-28-2003, 04:07 PM   #6
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Originally posted by TerminalPhreak
So what did I miss?

I know this really doesn't help, but at least gives hope. In Mandy (don't remember which one, probably 8.2) I was able to just use it. It was already bound somehow to the K Menu in KDE (I never used Gnome).



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