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Month: March 2011

[Win+] shortcut default proposal - Efficient Desktop Manipulation

From: "David C. Rankin" <drankinatty@...>
Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2011 20:08:52 -0600
Tim, All,

   For a long time I used compiz with kde3 due to the efficient and elegant way 
it allowed you to manage and manipulate your multiple desktops.

   A majority of users have the default setting of 4 desktops, but never use 
desktops 2-3-4 because there is no intuitive way to manipulate all desktops from 
the keyboard. They just keep cramming all the windows they have open on desktop 1.

   What compiz did was make use of the 'Win' key that is on 99% of the keyboards 
now to allow easy desktop switching from the keyboard. This really makes using 
desktops 2-4 efficient because you never have to reposition your hands from the 
keyboard to grab the mouse and click on the pager or rt-click and choose another 

   I know this is the nitty-gritty 'little-stuff', but that has always the 
foundation of kde3 and it should continue in Trinity. I propose the following as 
default keyboard shortcuts incorporating the 'Win' key. Try them out and you 
will be amazed how much simpler switching desktops and moving windows between 
desktops becomes using the keyboard. (the Win key is also in the correct 
location to prevent losing your finger position over the 'F' and 'J' keys and 
completely having to reposition your hands after affecting a switch or move from 
the keyboard.

   Try these out in kdeglobals:

Walk Through Desktops=Win+Tab

Switch to Next Desktop=Win+Right
Switch to Previous Desktop=Win+Left

Window to Next Desktop=Win+Alt+Right
Window to Previous Desktop=Win+Alt+Left

   I added this to ietherpad :)

David C. Rankin, J.D.,P.E.