Tuesday, July 17, 2007

GNOME Custom Hotkey for Application Launch

Steps for creating a custom hotkey to launch any application in GNOME:

  1. Open Applications --> System --> Configuration Editor (gconf-editor) as the user as you're logged in in GNOME
  2. Go to "apps" --> "metacity" --> "keybinding_commands"
  3. Double-click on e.g. "command_1"
  4. Type in the name of the application you want to launch, e.g. "gnome-terminal", the GNOME terminal, or "gcalctool", the GNOME calculator..
  5. Go to "apps" -> "metacity" -> "global_keybindings"
  6. Double-click on e.g. "run_command_1"
  7. Type in e.g. t
  8. Note the < and > for the special function keys
  9. Done! Close the gconf-editor and press Ctrl+Alt+Shift+t and the terminal should come up.
  10. If you're using KDE, right-click on the application in the K menu, click on "edit", press on the "None" button on the lower-right and press the keyboard combination that you want (Ctrl+Alt+Shift+t), click OK, and save your settings.
  11. Using Beryl on GNOME makes you lose the settings above, so launch the Beryl-manager-settings --> General Options (top) --> General Options (left) --> Commands tab (right) --> choose a command#, enter a command like gnome-terminal --> Shortcuts tab (right) --> commands --> choose the run_command# and type the shortcut like: t

1 comment:

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My friend and I were recently discussing about the prevalence of technology in our day to day lives. Reading this post makes me think back to that debate we had, and just how inseparable from electronics we have all become.

I don't mean this in a bad way, of course! Societal concerns aside... I just hope that as technology further advances, the possibility of transferring our memories onto a digital medium becomes a true reality. It's one of the things I really wish I could see in my lifetime.

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