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[SOLVED] What is the keyboard shortcut to activate the menu?

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In Unity and Gnome Shell, using xmodmap, I mapped a spare key (right option key on an Apple keyboard) to F10, which opens the menu. In these DEs, Shift+F10 would open the context menu (similar to right-clicking). This works somewhat in KDE, e.g. Firefox, but not in Kate.

Is there a default key to do the equivalent in KDE? I read that F14 should do the same thing, but this didn't work for me. On a whim, I tried mapping my key to "Menu", which does partially work. Now, my key activates the context menu, but I still don't know how to activate the main menu.

FWIW I could find nothing in System Settings > Shortcuts & Gestures > Global Keyboard Shortcuts. Also, Wikipedia claims that Alt gives focus to the menu, but that doesn't work for me either.

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"Menu" is used to open the context menu. The shortcut for the application menu is configurable (right click on the icon -> Application Launcher Settings... -> Shortcut) and is usually Alt+F1.

If you want to use a modifier key (e.g. Command) to open the application menu, but still keep the modifier key for shortcuts, you may want to give ksuperkey a try. ;)


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Sorry, I think I was unclear. I didn't mean the application-launcher menu. I was referring to the menu at the top of windows, with "File", "Edit", etc.
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Ah that menu. I don't think there's a shortcut to access the menu in KDE applications, normally you use Alt+underscore letter to access individual menu items (e.g. Alt+F for File).


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Okay, thanks for the answer. I probably just need to get out of the habit of "activate and find" and get more structured by looking at the menubar titles themselves. Also, most (all?) applications have a "file" entry, so I guess Alt+F will generally behave identically to activate menubar (e.g. it's identical to F10 in Firefox).

Thanks again.

 
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