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Keyboard shortcuts inside applications

How do I set up keyboard short-cuts?

To set up global shortcuts (which work whatever you're doing) you need to have a ROX-Filer pinboard or panel active ROX-Session can set these up for you). Any item on a pinboard or panel can have a keyboard shortcut set for it by choosing 'Edit Item' from the popup menu.

You can also set keyboard shortcuts for use in filer windows (and some other applications) like this:

  • Open the menu.
  • Point at a menu item, but don't click on it.
  • Press the key.
  • Close the menu.

Keys are automatically saved when the filer quits.

The GTK developers have decided to disable this feature by default. To turn it on:

  • If you are running ROX-Session it will be on by default. It can use controlled using the Keyboard configuration applet.
  • If you are running GNOME, use gconf-editor to turn on the /desktop/gnome/interface/can_change_accels option.
  • If you are using some other XSettings manager, you will have to find how it lets you configure this (anyone know how to do this with xfce-settings-show?)
  • If you are not running an XSettings manager, you can instead add this line to your ~/.gtkrc-2.0 file:
    gtk-can-change-accels = 1

I use SuSE 9 and it still doesn't work!

You also need to create an empty file called ~/.no-qtrc-to-gtkrc-mapping, then log out and log back in again.

changing accels in Xfce

I've been looking all over for this, and your piece + google helped me find it - yay!

From the Thunar FAQ (

How do I assign different keyboard shortcuts?


If the shortcut doesn’t change, then you need to enable the feature in GTK+. This can be achieved in 3 ways:

If you are running Xfce 4.3 or above then you can enable Editable menu accelerators in the User Interface Preferences dialog.
If you are running GNOME then you can enable Editable menu accelerators in the Menu and Toolbars control center dialog.
Otherwise put the following in your ~/.gtkrc-2.0 file (create the file if it doesn’t exist):


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