Keyboard shortcuts get wild.

todd rme toddrme2178 at
Sat Feb 5 17:01:29 GMT 2011

On Sat, Feb 5, 2011 at 11:51 AM, Mark <markg85 at> wrote:
> Hi,
> let me first point you to this image (kde 4.6.0)
> Oke, first one shortcut in that image.
> I consider myself a experienced computer user in both windows and linux but
> today i learned new shortcut things.
> ALT + d, a (which is pressing ALT and type 'd' and 'a' while ALT is
> pressed.. i didn't knew any combinations like that before)
> Now lets consider what i wanted to do. What i wanted is opening the dialog
> to add widgets to my desktop.. that's it. Now that shortcut isn't working
> and i reported that here : but i
> wonder what the rationale is behind ALT + d, a...
> ALT, i can understand.. but D and A..? What does D mean? What does A mean?
> The thing i want to do is "open the dialog to add widgets" and to describe
> it simple i would say "add widgets" but i can't find any of that back in the
> shortcut.. I would have expected something like this "ALT + a, w" for
> "adding widgets" and "ALT + a, a" for adding activities...
> One that is obvious is the desktop settings is ALT + d, ALT + s even though
> ALT + d, s is also working so i suspect there is a bug in there. However,
> it's not consistent with other setting shortcuts. You can see the desktop
> settings as "properties" and in dolphin they use "ALT + Return" for that.
> (what i find odd is that ALT + Return opens dolphin when not opened..)
> so perhaps it's time to take a real good look at all our shortcuts and
> define some generic application shortcuts that are the same in every
> application that makes KDE SC.
> Just a little brainstorm.
> What do you think?
> Regards,
> Mark

Isn't that what "Standard Keyboard Shortcuts" is for?  Applications
can override these, of course, but they probably shouldn't by default.


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