Make Frequent User Actions Easier by Defining Hotkeys

For common actions, such as switching between different windows, or lock the screen, you can use a hotkey. Some hotkeys are preconfigured, but you can activate, deactivate, and modify them.

The following example shows how to find out or modify the hotkey for switching between windows:

  1. Open the setup and go to User Interface > Hotkeys > Commands.
  2. Select Switch between active windows using Task Switcher.
  3. Click on Modify.

    A dialog window is opened.

  4. Enable Hotkey, if not already enabled.
  5. Select a modifier key or a combination of modifier keys under Modifiers.
  6. Enter a Key.

    If you want to enter a key that has no visible character assigned, e. g. the Tab key, open a terminal, logon as user and enter xev -event keyboard. Press the key designated for the hotkey. The text in brackets starting with keysym will contain the desired string for the Key field; example: Tab in (keysym 0xff09, Tab)

  7. Click on Ok.
  8. Click on Apply or Ok.

    The hotkey is ready for use.

The following example shows how to define a hotkey to lock the screen:

  1. Open the setup and go to User Interface > Screen Lock/Saver.
  2. Enable Hotkey.
  3. Select a modifier key or a combination of modifier keys under Modifiers.
  4. Enter a Key.
  5. Click on Apply or Ok.

    The hotkey is ready for use.