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.
||Cycle forward through running activities|
||Cycle backward through running activities|
|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 )|
|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|
|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.|
|Alt-BrightnessDown||Backlight off black & white mode|
|Alt-BrightnessUp||Full brightness color mode|
|Equivalents for special keys (e.g. when emulating the XO)|
|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 <trac>10816</trac>).|
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.)