He, Peng

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How To Bind Mouse Functional Keys in Ubuntu

Abstract: As an Ubuntu user, sometimes you want to use the function keys from a mouse, for example, the Logitech ones. However, there is no such a software offered by their website to do the same thing as in Windows. This blog will give a quick instruction on how to set it up.

To use the feature on Ubuntu, you need install XEV, it may come with the system, if not, install it.

sudo apt-get install xbindkeys xautomation
xbindkeys --defaults > $HOME/.xbindkeysrc
gedit ~/.xbindkeysrc 

This will create your keybinding config file, after open it type xev in a terminal, it will pop up a small window and you should move your mouse into the window then click the key you want and finally confirm the key number on your terminal outputs.

My script for a Logitech M570 trackball mouse. Copy this to the ~/.xbindkeysrc if you like.

## Mouse lower button trace back to last page
"xte 'keydown Control_L' 'keydown Shift_L' 'key Tab' 'keyup Shift_L' 'keyup Control_L'"
## Mouse upper button close current tab
"xte 'keydown Control_R' 'key w' 'keyup Control_R'"


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