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This page provides a listing of the agreed upon shortcuts for the system at large and for various controls within the activities, which should be referenced for consistency across them. For the philosophy on the usage of various modifier keys, please refer to the Human Interface Guidelines for Input Systems.

Please see cheat codes for a list of boot options.

Please see Keyboard for more detail about the OLPC keyboard.

KeystrokeDescription
Sugar
Alt-Tab Ctrl-Tab Cycle forward through running activities
Shift-Alt-Tab Shift-Ctrl-Tab Cycle backward through running activities
Ctrl-Tilde (See discussion) Cycle forward through running instances of the current activity
Shift-Ctrl-Tilde (See discussion) Cycle backward through running instances of the current activity
Ctrl-c Copy to clipboard
Ctrl-v Paste from clipboard
Ctrl-x Cut (and copy to clipboard)
Ctrl-a Select all (current input/dialog/text box )
Ctrl-q Quit activity
Ctrl-Esc Quit activity
Alt-Enter Toggle full-screen mode
Alt-Space Toggle tray visibility (works in Browse but not in Record)
Ctrl-u View source in Browse (opens copy of source in Write)
Fn-Space View source (system wide, although not enabled in all applications yet)
Alt-1 Screen capture; saved to Journal as a PNG file named "Screenshot of N" where N is the activity or window name
Alt-Shift-s Say text
System
Ctrl-Alt-F1 (F1 is the Neighborhood key) Console 1
Ctrl-Alt-F2 (F2 is the Friends key) Console 2
Ctrl-Alt-F3 (F3 is the Home key) Console 3
Esc-Frame-RightArrow-Fn (the four corners keys on the keyboard) Recalibrate touchpad (AKA Four finger salute); Fn should be pressed last.
Fn-UpArrow Page Up
Fn-DownArrow Page Down
Fn-LeftArrow Home
Fn-RightArrow End
Alt-BrightnessDown Backlight off black & white mode
Alt-BrightnessUp Full brightness color mode
Ctrl-VolumeDown Mute
Ctrl-VolumeUp Full volume
Equivalents for special keys (e.g. when emulating the XO)
Alt-Shift-f Toggle frame
Alt-Shift-o Open search
Alt-Shift-r Rotate (the rotate screen button)
Alt-Shift-v View source (system wide, although not enabled in all applications yet)
PrtScn Screen capture; saved to Journal as a PNG file named "Screenshot"
Special keys for emulating the XO)
Alt-Shift-Q Quit Sugar and shutdown. (See also ticket #10816).

Terminal and Ctrl shortcuts

The Terminal activity intentionally overrides Ctrl+ shortcuts, because they are needed for normal terminal usage.

In release 8.1.0 and subsequent releases, to copy or paste in the Terminal Activity, press Shift-Ctrl-c or Shift-Ctrl-v.

Using modifier keys in combination

Note about the use of modifier keys: there are several (slightly) different ways in which key combinations are indicated in the wiki. Whenever you see combinations separated by either a - or + this means to press these keys together, starting with the modifier keys. The last key in the sequence should be pressed while holding down the modifier key(s). For example:

Shift-A (or Shift+A) means hold the Shift key down and then press the A key while holding down the Shift key. This will create a capital letter A. (The order is important: if you press the A key first, the result will be a lower case a.)

Ctrl-Alt-Erase (or Ctrl+Alt+Erase) means hold down both the Ctrl and Alt keys and then press the Erase key. This will restart Sugar/X Windows. (Again, the order is important: if you press the Erase key first, the result will be a backspace.)

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