GNOME Bugzilla – Bug 654368
Alt+mouse cannot be used in various graphics editors
Last modified: 2011-10-10 09:20:19 UTC
A number of graphics editors (Inkscape and Blender come to mind) use alt+mouseclick to perform functions in the editor. For example, alt+left click in Inkscape is supposed to allow you to 'select under;' alt+right click in Blender is supposed to allow you to loop select.
In both these and other cases, though, attempting the documented alt+click command results instead in a window menu appearing, not the anticipated or desired consequence.
I'm not sure if it's possible for the applications in question to change their keybindings - both applications the issue effects me with (Inkscape & Blender) are cross-platform and the documented key bindings work without issue on Windows and Mac.
I'm not sure what the right solution for this is. I manually change the '/apps/metacity/general/mouse_button_modifier' from 'Alt' to 'Super' in gconf-editor (Fedora 15), but this is a complicated customization that I think might be a bit overwhelming for artists who would want the functionality. As changing 'Alt' to 'Super' in this gconf key hasn't resulted in any catastrophic consequences, that might be a reasonable solution. Since the Super/Windows key is already used for a window management related task (show overview) it might make sense semantically as well.
Thanks for considering this issue.
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*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 607797 ***