Windows Keys

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In 2005 Lenovo introduced Windows keys on new ThinkPad keyboards. The unfortunate side-effect of this, is that all the keys on the spacebar row are now very small, making it much more likely to hit the wrong key by accident.

Linux support


Simulating Windows keys

If your model does not have these keys, you can map special keys to the Windows and Menu.

For example, to make the Fn key behave as a Menu key (except keys combination don't work), add the following to ~/.Xmodmap and run xmodmap ~/.Xmodmap:

keycode 227 = Menu

Hint: examine correct keycode using xev. Here with a recent (2007-04) X60 it is 115 and 117, left and right resp.

Windows support

The keys are natively supported in Windows.

Simulating Windows keys

For Windows, it is possible to use the Keyboard customizer utility to remap certain keys to act as windows and menu keys. The keyboard customizer utility also performs some additional functions, such as assigning shortcut keys on an external keyboard.

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