Give purpose to your Windows key..

Every one has there own way of settings their key’s up & creating short cut’s. This is my way & is usually one of the first things that I do after a clean install.

The short cut’s should be useful for people, without interfering with the usual system wide or application controlled short cut key’s.

First of all.. make sure that your Win-key is mapped to Super by going into the System/Preferences/keyboard.

Navigate into the Layout Options tab & Alt/Win key behaviour, to make sure that Super is mapped to the Win-keys (default) is selected. This will make your Win-key be detected & show up as (Mod4).

Next you need to set up your short cut’s..

You can do this by starting Keyboard Shortcuts in the System/Preferences/ menu.

Click on the action that you want to set a short cut for, then press the key’s that you want to use for the short cut.

These are all the commands that I execute every time I use my laptop, so it just makes sense to create short cut’s for them 😀

e-mail = Alt + e,

web-browser = Alt + b,

Screen shot = Mod4 +Prt Sc (print key),

window screen shot = Ctrl + Prt Sc (print key),

run a terminal = Alt + t,

Move workspace to window 1,2,3,or 4 = Ctrl + 1, 2, 3, or 4,

switch to work space 1,2,3,or 4 = Mod4 + 1, 2, 3, or 4.

This way.. all the full screen short cut’s are mapped to use the Win-key, all the program short cut’s are mapped to the Alt-key & all the window short cut’s are mapped to use the Ctrl-key.

Hope that helps out some of you new user’s a little bit 🙂


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