Ubuntu – Remap Caps Lock key to ‘Run Command’ (Alt+F2)


I'm trying to get rid of the Caps Lockkey and give it a better use. Since I constantly use the run command Alt+F2, I'd like to make Caps Lock trigger that action.

I've found a couple of questions related, using xmodmap, but none of them try to map Caps Lock to a combination of keys such as Alt+F2

How would I go about doing this?


Best Answer

  1. Install Xdotool Install xdotool and CompizConfig Settings Manager Install compizconfig-settings-manager from Ubuntu Software Center

  2. Disable Caps-Lock by opening Keyboard Preferences

    System ▸ Preferences ▸ Keyboard

    Goto tab Layouts then click the button Options...

    Change the key behaviour to CapsLock is disabled

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  3. Open CompizConfig Settings Manager

    • Use Run Command, Alt + F2, and type ccsm
  4. Enable Commands plugin then add the following

    • Add xdotool key alt+F2 to the first available command slot

    • Goto 'Key Bindings' tab. In the same slot number assign Caps Lock key.

      Note: It will show VoidSymbol as the button assigned but this is fine.

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