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Keyboard shortcut to raise the menu? [SOLVED]

Postby lewyssmith on Sat Jan 26, 2013 3:05 pm

It seems one cannot have a keyboard shortcut to raise the application menu. (Ideally, the 'windows' key alone if you have one; but that is usually designated a 'meta-key' in Linux, insisting on another key in combination. Grrr). I have looked in the forum & the Xfce documentation, but find no mention of this possibility. It is not, for example, in the menu 'properties' dialogue, nor 'Settings/Keybaord/Application shortcuts'). It is irritating having to grab the mouse when after raising the menu one can navigate surely from the keyboard. If it matters, I am on the *Debian* edition.

Can one ask for this functionality?

I know an actual Xfce File Manager (Thunar) bug. How do I report that?

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Re: Keyboard shortcut to raise the menu?

Postby Jamesc359 on Tue Feb 05, 2013 4:43 am

Binding the Windows key to the command xfce4-popup-applicationsmenu in 'Settings/Keybaord/Application shortcuts' has always worked for me. You'll have to bind them twice, one for the left key and one for the right.
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Re: Keyboard shortcut to raise the menu?

Postby lewyssmith on Tue Feb 05, 2013 1:40 pm

Thank you Jamesc359 for your helpful reply. I have not noticed the magic application-ID xfce4-popup-applicationsmenu you cited. BTAIM, when I do Settings->Keyboard->Application shortcuts, 'xfce4-popup-applicationsmenu' is not in the short list of existing commands i.e. not a question of re-assigning a keystroke. So I try ADD, and get a small window to input
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except that *there is no input field for the Shortcut*! I can input the XFCE command you gave, but no keystroke. If I click OK for that, another dialogue pops up wanting the shortcut - but again, no input field for same!

Stymied. Any other suggestion gratefully received.

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Re: Keyboard shortcut to raise the menu?

Postby palo on Sat Feb 09, 2013 3:13 pm

Lewis> On my keyboards there is a key just to the left of the rt Ctrl key with a Windows key to the left. The image on the key is one of a menu and cursor - pressing this key brings up the menu wherever the cursor is. I don't know what the key is called but maybe it works for you. (I made no bindings or shortcuts - it is default). If anyone knows the name for this key I would like to know.

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Re: Keyboard shortcut to raise the menu? [SOLVED]

Postby lewyssmith on Sat Feb 09, 2013 4:44 pm

Palo - thanks for this intriguing find. This key *looks* like a menu key, anyway. What it brings up is the *Desktop* menu, same as right-clicking on the desktop. True, that takes you to the *applications* section of the main menu, which is certainly worth knowing.
But it does not include all the main menu elements, particularly the 'Logout' options.

Wait! I have just found the answer, as per Jamesc359 - but not intuitive. As he said...
Settings -> Keyboard -> Application shortcuts: ADD <Shortcut - no entry accepted> <Command xfce4-popup-applicationsmenu> OK
Next dialogue: <Command has xfce4-popup-applicationsmenu>
<Shortcut offers no entry box, but type the keystroke> and it sticks. Close.

And it accepted the LH Windows key all alone - great; if obscure.

Thanks for the feedback. Lewis Smith
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Re: Keyboard shortcut to raise the menu? [SOLVED]

Postby palo on Sat Feb 09, 2013 5:04 pm

lewyssmith wrote:Settings -> Keyboard -> Application shortcuts: ADD <Shortcut - no entry accepted> <Command xfce4-popup-applicationsmenu> OK
Next dialogue: <Command has xfce4-popup-applicationsmenu>
<Shortcut offers no entry box, but type the keystroke> and it sticks. Close.

And it accepted the LH Windows key all alone - great; if obscure.


Well kudos to you Lewis. I just set it as you described and it worked.

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Re: Keyboard shortcut to raise the menu? [SOLVED]

Postby aaronj on Fri Sep 20, 2013 11:24 am

Thank you so much for solving the shortcut command issue

I joined the Linuxmint forum just to thank you for this.
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