Mouse gestures and keyboard shortcuts with KHotKeys

A Game of Signs

Article from Issue 50/2005

Mouse gestures and keyboard shortcuts

add speed and simplicity to PC

operations. Mouse gestures used to

be the domain of Opera and Mozilla

users,but KHotKeys now brings them

to Konqueror for users of KDE 3.2 or

newer.You can even launch non-KDE

programs with KHotKeys.

KDE is an extremely flexible system.

The context menus that drop

down when users press the right

mouse button are just as extensible

as the K menu or the quick start icons.

And hiding in the depths of the KDE

control center is another interesting program

that allows more flexible use of

KDE: KHotKeys. With KHotKeys, the

user can assign keyboard combinations

to applications. You can even use

mouse gestures to control Konqueror

(see Box 1).

To launch KHotKeys, press [Alt-F2]

and enter khotkeys, or open the Control

Center and open the Regional & Accessibility

section. When you launch

KHotKeys, a warning message appears to

inform you that changes can be dangerous.

This article gives you an introduction

to some simple but effective settings

within the KHotKeys application. It

always helps to be careful, but you will

have few worries about these changes,

even if you are a newcomer to KHotkeys.

Once you become accustomed to

KHotkeys, you will have your own ideas

for hot keys and gestures that will

increase the efficiency of your desktop.

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