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Bug 654368 - Alt+mouse cannot be used in various graphics editors
Alt+mouse cannot be used in various graphics editors
Status: RESOLVED DUPLICATE of bug 607797
Product: gnome-shell
Classification: Core
Component: general
Other Linux
: Normal normal
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Assigned To: gnome-shell-maint
Depends on:
Reported: 2011-07-11 02:56 UTC by Máirín Duffy
Modified: 2011-10-10 09:20 UTC
See Also:
GNOME target: ---
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Description Máirín Duffy 2011-07-11 02:56:03 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.
Comment 1 Florian Müllner 2011-10-10 09:20:19 UTC
Thanks for the bug report. This particular bug has already been reported into our bug tracking system, but please feel free to report any further bugs you find.

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 607797 ***