I hear some nerds switch Caps Lock with Esc. This is so frequent that KDE Plasma even has a GUI checkbox for this setting.
It makes sense if you use Vim a lot.
Personally, I just want to stick a bunch of macropads onto a plywood board, together with a standard keyboard, to make one MASSIVE keyboard with at least 300 keys. That’s a project for probably later this year.
The best use case for me when it comes to less used keys is switching them with commonly used keys – doubles the keyboards lifespan. Though I mapped the row with PrintScreen, Scroll lock and Pause Break to a few functions of Flameshot. Handy for noting things quickly when you get the muscle memory for it.
I bind nifty commands/scripts to these in my i3wm config. Usually they give me some system info via a dunst notification. But I always put the keybinding in combination with Mod key. I don’t want to run into problems when an application legitimately wants me to press one of these lesser used keys. (never faced such a situation yet)
I don’t have scroll lock led, but I do have caps lock led and since i rarely ever use it, I think you give me good idea for a script. Thanks
Yes we do . I have the swap command in my i3wm config, and I also switch keyboard layout to dvorak programmer at i3 startup. Anyone who blindly copy pastes my configs can never type again
Dvorak Programmer Layout
Just in case someone has not seen, here is a picture.
I don’t know why but this command doesn’t work with num-lock LED and caps-lock LED on my keyboard. But it is possible to manipulate LED through brightness under /sys/class/leds. But it may be a little difficult to find a correct device there.
just try once and you’ll never think of switching back
Sometimes, when I am working on different computer, I press caps lock, then get frustrated as to why its not working. Few seconds later I realize that I need to press the real Esc button since its not my pc
So I don’t use Esc all that much, but I went with swap capslock and esc, but shift+capslock = capslock still. That way, at least for now, the real esc button will still work, and I only need to remember the shift part. Either way, I had no idea this was a thing. Yet another fantastic thing that makes KDE just the best DE for me. The more I use it, the more I realize I’m exactly where I need to be.