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Re: The most useless key on my keyboard is:

by BrowserUk (Pope)
on Nov 16, 2005 at 18:18 UTC ( #509136=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to The most useless key on my keyboard is:

I had to vote for the "Windows" key (keys on my keyboard), but not for the reason specified.

I just have never worked out what it (they) are meant to do? They don't appear to do anything in any of the apps I use.

The contextmenu key is useful though.


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Comment on Re: The most useless key on my keyboard is:
Re^2: The most useless key on my keyboard is:
by radiantmatrix (Parson) on Nov 16, 2005 at 19:07 UTC

    They don't appear to do anything in any of the apps I use.

    Exactly. This leaves it free as a modifier for custom mapping. Under Windows, there are some defaults (Win-L locks the display, Win-D shows the desktop, etc.), and there are third-party apps that let you map it to do more. I use one called WinKey (which isn't made anymore, sadly). When I want my browser up, Win-W. Win-P begins an Eclipse/EPIC session with a blank .pl file. And so on.

    In Linux and BSD, they key is assignable to window-manager tasks (as the modifier 'Hyper' in most cases). On my linux devel box, Win-D starts my development environment (Eclipse/EPIC, Devel::ptkdb, and a couple other tools).

    On the Mac, it's basically the PC world's "control" key, so almost all apps use it.

    But, on any PC-based platform (damn it, I can't say 'x86-based' anymore!), it's one of the most useful keys because you can make it do whatever you want.

    ScrollLock, though... what a pointless key. (Keyboard holy war! Yay!)

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      ScrollLock, though... what a pointless key.
      I do use scrolllock. Not because it does something in an application - but because I've some hardware that uses it: my switchbox. <<ScrollLock>><<ScrollLock>><<Page-Up>> goes to the next active computer, <<ScrollLock>><<ScrollLock>><<Page-Down>> goes to the previous active computer. There are a few more commands using scrolllock, but I can never remember them.
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      ScrollLock, though... what a pointless key.

      If I have just text terminal (e.g. when admining some server) and (forgot|didn't mean) to pipe command to 'less' and the output took more than one screen it's the only way I know to scroll the screen up.

        On linux, Shift-PgUp/PgDown works for me in most terminals, including the console

Re^2: The most useless key on my keyboard is:
by Anonymous Monk on Nov 26, 2005 at 00:10 UTC
    Well, I've binded "Windows" key both in flux and blackbox to run different applications. It's quite useful, because most of apps I use already make use from Ctrl wich I've replaced with CapsLock and Alt.
Re^2: The most useless key on my keyboard is:
by Anonymous Monk on Oct 02, 2010 at 13:14 UTC
    Scroll lock was useful in the old days; No mouse.

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