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Re: HPUX and modifier keys

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  • Subject: [mg24205] Re: HPUX and modifier keys
  • From: "P.J. Hinton" <paulh at>
  • Date: Fri, 30 Jun 2000 01:57:32 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: "Wolfram Research, Inc."
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On 28 Jun 2000, Stephen Boulet wrote:

> I'm trying to use Mathematica's modifier keys, for example, to change a cell's
> formatting to text. This should be accomplished by selecting the cell and doing
> a mod1+7, but that doesn't work with either the alt or the ctrl buttons.
> Anyone know how to set this up? Thanks.

The X Window front end has a dialog box that will display the current
mappings for the Mod1 and Mod2 keys on your system.  You can summon this
dialog with the front end menu command:

Help -> X Environment Information...

Look in the subsection headed with "Keyboard Attributes".  The entries for
"Mod 1 KeySym" and "Mod 2 KeySym" should tell you what keys on your
keyboard are playing the role of the modifier keys.

If you do not like the current mapping of your modifier keys, you can
change them with xmodmap or xkeycaps.

P.J. Hinton
Mathematica Programming Group           paulh at
Wolfram Research, Inc.
Disclaimer: Opinions expressed herein are those of the author alone.

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