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How to set key bindings for different functions on my laptop?

asked 2014-01-07 19:58:32 -0500

jflory7 gravatar image

My Toshiba Satellite laptop shipped with Windows 8, and all along the FN keys, there are different icons that would do different functions.

For example, I have Play, Fast-Forward, and Rewind buttons on FN6 - FN8. Ideally, I would like to make it so that when I use RhythmBox, when I press FN + FNx, it will perform one whichever function I wanted it to.

Is this possible in Fedora for me to make a global key binding like this that will work in audio applications like RhythmBox?

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Which DE are you using? if you use xev (from terminal), what keycodes does the FN6-FN8 send?

Ahmad Samir gravatar imageAhmad Samir ( 2014-01-08 02:34:27 -0500 )edit

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answered 2014-01-09 16:47:39 -0500

edwinpattam gravatar image

go to settings -> keyboard ->shortcuts... you can define custom bindings here

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I tried doing this and all of the different bindings were there, along with the custom bindings, just as you said. It's nice that Fedora has that built-in.

jflory7 gravatar imagejflory7 ( 2014-01-10 20:59:55 -0500 )edit

answered 2014-01-07 20:23:36 -0500

hmaarrfk gravatar image

Do you mean that the F1-F12 keys are mapped to media keys like Apple popularized?

In that case, this isn't a Fedora issue but a Bios issue. Your BIOS is sending in a media key code as opposed to a F1-F12 and sending F1-F12 when you press Fn+(F1-F12).

I found a setting in my bios that reverted the setting. Dig around, it should be called "media" or "keyboard" something.

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This seems like it would only be an issue on some systems when you could go to Settings > Keyboard > Shortcuts, right?

jflory7 gravatar imagejflory7 ( 2014-01-10 21:00:33 -0500 )edit

When Fedora is running, the BIOS is not involved. Real operating systems (like Linux) usurp the BIOS keyboard (and all the other devices) and handle them in their kernel.

wallyk gravatar imagewallyk ( 2017-11-25 01:08:42 -0500 )edit

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