Ubuntu: How to remap F4 to F11 on Chromebook



Question:

I just installed Ubuntu 15.10 on a Toshiba Chromebook. The keyboard has no F11 key. The F4 key has the fullscreen icon because thats what Chrome OS uses, so I would like to use that to make applications fullscreen. I'm mostly talking about Chromium right now.

I've been playing around with xmodmap and I've seen alot of stuff talking about Ctrl, Super and Alt, but those seem to be different than F* and most other keys.

This is the last thing I tried:

:~$ xmodmap -pke | grep F11   keycode  95 = F11 F11 F11 F11 F11 F11 XF86Switch_VT_11  :~$ xmodmap -pke | grep F4  keycode  70 = F4 F4 F4 F4 F4 F4 XF86Switch_VT_4  :~$ xmodmap -e "keycode 70 = F11 F11 F11 F11 F11 F11 XF86Switch_VT_11"  :~$ xmodmap -pke | grep 70  keycode  70 = F11 F11 F11 F11 F11 F11 XF86Switch_VT_11  

After this F4 still doesn't make Chromium full screen. I don't really know what I'm doing, just picking and choosing from Google and man xmodmap.

How can I make F4 act like F11 for applications?


Solution:1

The way I'd approach that is to open Settings -> Keyboard -> Shortcuts -> Custom, and add a new shortcut, linking it to the following command

bash -c "xdotool getactivewindow key F11"  

You will need xdotool to be installed , so run sudo apt-get install xdotool.

This has limitations, howver. This works only in GUI, won't work in TTY1 or terminal emulators.


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