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Special buttons on keyboards

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libervisco's picture
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Do you use those special additional buttons that are found on some keyboards? Can they work on GNU/Linux? I imagine that there is a way.

I have bought this "new" HP 6512-UK (yes I've just read the model on it's back Sticking out tongue ) keyboard that has these extra buttons on top when I already started using GNU/Linux primarily, so I never used them and frankly never missed them (I mean why should I?).

But still, out of the curiosity, does anyone use them and do they work and how? It might be cool to have them I suppose.

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I have buttons like that. If

I have buttons like that. If you're on Gnome, you can assign them as keyboard short cuts to a few common applications,such as WWW, E-Mail and volume up/down. On all other WMs you can follow this tutorial

on KDE, you can skip the xbindkeys part and use KDE's keyboard shortcuts feature. 

 

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That's great to hear. Thanks

That's great to hear. Thanks for linking to that tutorial. I'll set this up when I catch a bit of time.

I'll probably use xbindkeys because I do tend to switch between WM's sometimes (though I use GNOME primarily now) so some interoperability between then in regards to these keys would be good.

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dylunio's picture
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Lineak

Another program you may find interesting is Lineak, I've used it once or twice when seting up my media keys.

libervisco's picture
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Thanks dylunio. I'll give it

Thanks dylunio. I'll give it a look and might try it. I don't really *need* these keys. It's just that it is cool to have the serve some purpose other than as a decoration on a keyboard. Sticking out tongue

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