Add or Find a Key

Getting there

You have two options for specifying a key you want to map:

  • Press a key. Review the key description, then click OK.

    This is the most straightforward way to ensure that you're mapping the key you want.

  • Locate the key by selecting it from the Select a key name list and specifying the key location as needed.

If the key is already in the list of Explicitly mapped keys, the key you pressed or selected is highlighted in the list. Review the X Keysyms associated with the key. If you want to change one of the X Keysym associated with the key, click the corresponding Change Mapped X Keysym button on the right. Although there are four buttons to change X Keysyms, it is likely that you will only need to map the Unshifted option.

Guidelines for Adding or Finding a Key

  • The implicitly mapped keys on the Characters tab do not need to be mapped if they are already doing what you expect.
  • Confirm that you have the appropriate key location selected when you use the Select a key name list. The Standard keyboard is appropriate location for control characters such as Tab or Caps Lock. However, if you want to select a key on the numeric keypad, you should select Numeric Keypad in the Select a key location list to specify the correct key. If you choose a key that is already explicitly mapped, it is highlighted on the Map Key tab when you exit this dialog box.

Related Topics

Map Key

Keyboard Maps

Map a Function Key

Find the Current Mapping of a Key