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Old 07-26-2005, 01:01 PM   #1
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Gnome Keyboard Shortcuts problem

Hi everybody,
I just installed Ubuntu Hoary on my laptop. I played a little with the Keyboard shortcuts in the gnome menu, but it is now impossible for me to erase the shortcuts i created.
It is very annoying since for example i cannot use the letter b anymore...

In the shortcut menu, the shortcuts are marked as disabled, but they are actually still enabled.

Any suggestion?
Old 07-28-2005, 11:29 PM   #2
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After setting the keybindings back to disable did you restart gnome?

It seems keyboard shortcuts get placed in at least two different locations. Luckily, they are under the same parent directory, though: .gconf

Open a terminal and change to:


You should see a file in there: %gconf.xml

Either delete this file (you loose all your custom keybindings set in that file) or edit the file and delete the settings you don't want. Then restart gnome (log out).

I have also seen keybindings ending up under:


Again, either edit or delete the %gconf.xml file in there.

Keybindings may get set in other subdirectories, I did not test all the settings. I would suspect, though, that for Gnome, they should all be under the .gconf directory. Focusing on those two locations above should get you back in business.

Worse case scenario, move .gconf to .gconf.old and restart gnome. This will wipe out all your settings and you go back to defaults. From terminal:

mv .gconf .gconf.old

If something goes screwey, you can always restore your .gconf by moving it back.
Old 07-29-2005, 04:39 AM   #3
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I had rebooted, but it didn't work the first time. However following your instructions, I managed to have everything back to normal. Thanks a lot.


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