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What is Meta-key?

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What is Meta-key?

Sat Jun 19, 2010 4:11 pm
I've been wondering what is Meta-key exactly to activate numerous desktop effects? Point is I use Left Windows key to switch my keyboard layouts and somehow I guess it is the key to activate desktop effects. Am I right in this assumption? If yes how can I assign any other key, say Right Alt, to be this Meta-key? If no what is this Meta-key exactly?
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Re: What is Meta-key?

Sat Jun 19, 2010 4:21 pm
In general the Meta key is the "Windows" key. You can test the key with "xev" running in a Konsole. But there the Meta key is called "Super". You can change the keys either in the keyboard settings control module (I think under Regional&Language) or you have to use xmodmap.
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Re: What is Meta-key?

Sun Jun 20, 2010 7:56 pm
It does depend on the program; for some ex-Unix programs, it may simply be Alt. In these cases the Windows key may play a different function.


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Re: What is Meta-key?

Sun Jun 27, 2010 12:04 pm
How does one remap Meta-key to a key of choice?
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Re: What is Meta-key?

Mon Jun 28, 2010 4:28 am
You will need to use Xmodmap to do this. Please see http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php? ... 5231058862 for an example on how this is done ( note that some steps do not apply )


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