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Limit Default Keyboard Settings for Workspaces


Description BozoMcFarlane 2014-12-07 15:45:22 CET
Currently, the XFCE settings default to keyboard shortcuts for twelve workspaces, each of which the user can activate by pressing Ctrl-F1 to Ctrl-F12. This may have originated from bug 287: https://bugzilla.xfce.org/show_bug.cgi?id=287.

LibreOffice has some useful features that users can access by pressing the keyboard combinations Ctrl-F7 to Ctrl-F12. For example, Ctrl-F10 toggles visibility of non-printing characters, and Ctrl-F7 opens the thesaurus.
By assigning Ctrl-F7 to Ctrl-F12, XFCE interrupts these keyboard combinations before they get to LibreOffice, and, by default, those useful LibreOffice are not available. The only way to get to them is to open Settings > Window Manager > Keyboard > combination > Clear.

My feeling is that making settings for 12 workspaces in XFCE is a bit excessive. I've been using XFCE for at least five years, and can't ever remember using more than three workspaces. On the other hand, I toggle non-printing characters several times a day.

Based on my own experience, and an assumption that more users need the LibreOffice thesaurus than they need to switch to 12 workspaces, I humbly request to remove the default XFCE settings for  Ctrl-F7 to Ctrl-F12.

(If the community is interested, I can do an analysis of keyboard conflicts between all XFCE keyboard presets and common Xubuntu applications.)

Thank you in advance.
Comment 1 Git Bot editbugs 2020-05-29 12:03:13 CEST
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Bug #11361

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Reported on: 2014-12-07
Last modified on: 2020-05-29


Olivier Fourdan
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