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Old 10-04-2005, 11:44 PM   #1
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Linux Shortcut Keys

I've been using Mandriva 2005 since about June, and have become fairly competent with it, however I do not many Linux shortcut keys. Like is there an equivalent to alt+ctrl+del that will bring up the Process Table or something? I know that alt+tab still switches between windows, but could somebody list some of the Linux specific shortcut key combinations? I know that ctrl+v still is paste and so forth.
Old 10-05-2005, 01:18 AM   #2
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In KDE you can open Control Center, and go to Language and Regional settings or something like that, and set up your own key shortcuts. You can also load themes, including one exactly like windows. It works great for me. Just like windows (Including stuff like Win+L for lock screen) and also you can make your own for general use or application specific (like change page-up/down to volume up/down in XMMS).

Good luck!
Old 10-05-2005, 08:41 AM   #3
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KDE Shortcuts

2 things:

First, the default shortcut scheme for every distro I can remember looking at is "KDE Default for 3 Modifer Keys" i.e. pre-95 keyboards. This results in the Ctrl-Fn keys being used for switching virtual desktops, & not reserved to applications the way should be / normally are. This is easily fixed by selecting "KDE Default for 4 Modifer Keys". It's about the 2nd thing I do after a fresh KDE install. Why this is the normal default in this day & age of 104 & 105 key keyboards is beyond me. <rant deleted/>

Second, You can learn a lot about the default shortcut keys by just examining the dialogs where they can be changed. Boyer has already pointed you to the general KDE defaults, but most other programs also have specific shortcuts which can be accessed at "Settings" => "Configure Shortcuts...". At least for the "K" applications.

(All the following have exactly that menu):
  • Konqueror
  • KEdit
  • KWrite
  • Kate
  • KMail
  • Kontact
  • KPackage
  • KMahjongg
I'm sure there is a pattern here, & the list goes on.
Old 10-05-2005, 02:20 PM   #4
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Here's a Few For KDE

Here's a few keyboard shortcuts for KDE

Alt-F2 Execute Command

Ctrl - B Add Bookmark

Ctrl-Esc List of running applications.

Ctrl - W Close

Alt-Tab Switch forward among windows

Ctrl - C Copy

Alt-Shift-Tab Switch backward among windows

Ctrl - End End

Ctrl - F1 to F12 Switch to Desktop 1 - 12

Ctrl - F Find

Shift-Ctrl-F1 to F4 Switch to Desktop 13 to 16

F3 Find Next

Ctrl-Alt-Esc Kill Window (Click on the window to action the kill.)

Ctrl - F3 Find Prev

Ctrl-Alt-Delete Logout (To complete logout process, Tab & Enter)

F1 Help

F12 Toggle cursor key mouse emulation

Ctrl - Home Home

Alt - F1 Popup KDE launch menu

Ctrl - Insert Insert

Ctrl-Tab Switch forward one desktop

Ctrl - N New

Ctrl-Shift-Tab Switch back one desktop

Ctrl - Down Next Complete Match

Alt - F4 Window close

Down Next Item in List

Alt - F3 Window open menu

Ctrl - O Open

Ctrl - V Paste

"Windows" Menu Popup Menu Context

Ctrl - Up Previous Complete Match

Up Previous Item in list

Ctrl - P Print

Page Up Prior

Ctrl - Q Quit

Ctrl-Shift-Z Redo

F5 Reload

Ctrl - R Replace

Ctrl - S Save

Ctrl - A Select All

Ctrl - E Text Completion

Ctrl - Z Undo

Shift - F1 What's this

Ctrl - Plus (+) Zoom In

Ctrl - Minus (-) Zoom Out
Old 10-06-2005, 12:16 PM   #5
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KDE Control Center & Keyboard Shortcuts

Assuming, as we all have, that the OP is interested in KDE shortcuts -- after all it is still the default DE for Mandr... isn' it -- why not let him have the pleasure of exploring all of them on his own in the KDE Control Center?

There are 4 ways to open the KDE Control Center:[list=1][*]From the Main ("K") Menu[*]From a desktop or Kicker or System Tray icon.[*]From the K Menu using the "Run Command..." Action[*]From the Alt-F2 "Run Command" dialog.[/list=1] 1 & 2 are easier for those who prefer the mouse. Unfortunately the implementation of them can vary from distro to distro -- my SimplyMEPIS 3.3 provides a System Tray icon & puts "Control Center" in the "All Applications" section of the main panel of the K Menu, YMMV. 3 & 4 require typing & the knowledge that the command is "kcontrol", but they don't move. especially Alt-F2.

Once you are in the KDE Control Center, your next step is "Regional & Accessibility".
Then select "Keyboard Shortcuts" and surf & browse.
I especially recommend the Schemes "KDE Default for 4 Modifer Keys" & "Windows Scheme (With Win Key)". I personally prefer the former, but if you are coming over from years on "the Dark Side", you may prefer the latter.

When you are comfortable w/ the DE (desktop environment) keys, you might want to move on the the application specific keys, I just noticed that they are available in the second major tab, "Command Shortcuts".

I apologize if this is too simple, too long, too detailed, or off the point of your original Q. I have 3 excuses: it may help someone else, I may be able to include it in another document, & I am teaching "Moving to Linux" again starting in about 3 weeks, so I need the practice explaining.


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