Enable windows key on fedora 20

asked 2014-02-26 11:31:29 -0500

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updated 2014-02-26 11:37:13 -0500

I recently switched from Ubuntu to Fedora 20. All widgets and themes are really good. But when I'm pressing windows/super key, Kickoff App Launcher is not showing. I googled but didn't worked. Thank you.

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What, if anything does happen? For instance, when I press my "left" Windows Logo key I get to see all my open windows (i.e. At the moment that's my web browser and a terminal window (running dfn upgrade) ). If I press the key again, I am returned to the window last focused on (Firefox and this AskFedora tab). I can also see my Favorites menu on the left (Currently running Gnome3 default install) and can launch another application (i.e. window). My "right" Windows Logo key is non-functional.

This is a fresh install of fedora20.

Which window manager are you running Gnome? KDE? Mate? etc. Any modifications yet?

Pete S gravatar imagePete S ( 2014-02-26 15:25:20 -0500 )edit

Take a look under the system settings and look for Hardware then click on Keyboard. There should be a Shortcuts tab. You'll have to look through those settings and see if another key produces the results your looking for.

Pete S gravatar imagePete S ( 2014-02-26 16:00:25 -0500 )edit

I think I read somewhere that usually the Windows-Key is a modifier instead of a key on its own - like the Control- or Alt-Key. Only Gnome remaps it in a way that it can be interpreted as a single key stroke.

bluestar gravatar imagebluestar ( 2014-02-26 16:39:37 -0500 )edit

Thanks bluestar, you poked me on this issue as I left it partially explained. In the system/hardware/keyboard/shortcuts the Windows Logo Key is called Super. I looked for that in the listing and didn't see it mapped by itself. It's functionality is the same as the Shortcuts / System / "Show the activities overview" which is mapped as Super+S keys. I haven't installed KDE yet to see what it's equivalent is there. Anyone? I have to make a correction to my statement above where I said my "right" Super key was non-functional. It works out that it is functional and works as a shifted key. So "right" Super+S keys will "Show the activities overview".

Pete S gravatar imagePete S ( 2014-02-26 19:06:28 -0500 )edit