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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Mapping windows key to Linux key of choice


i wanted to map the windows key on a Dell Inspirion to a useful Linux key on my son's notebook. This can be done the following way:

Use xev command to capture the key code. Left windows button should be key code 115.

Than you can do the following:

xmodmap "keycode 115 = F20"

This maps left windows button to function key 20.

To have the Windows key-mappings enabled automatically every time you start X either put the xmodmap commands in your ~/.xinitrc file or, preferably, create a file ~/.xmodmaprc and include the xmodmap options, one per line, then add the following line to your ~/.xinitrc:

xmodmap $HOME/.xmodmaprc

After that you can map the F20 inside your window manager to the function you like to use.