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Select X Keysym

How do I get to this dialog box?

From X Manager or X Manager for Domains

  1. Click Tools > Keyboard Maps.

  2. Select an editable keyboard map (or click Clone to create a new editable map).

  3. In the Keyboard Maps dialog box, click the Keyboard Shortcuts tab.

  4. In the Shortcuts column, add a shortcut key or select an existing shortcut key.

  5. Select Send X Keysyms.

  6. Click the + sign.


Administrators can also configure Keyboard Maps from the Domain Definitions tab.

You can create a keyboard shortcut that is associated with an X Keysym or a sequence of X Keysyms.


An X Keysym is an encoding of a symbol on the cap of a key. The set of defined X Keysyms includes the ISO Latin character sets, Katakana, Arabic, Cyrillic, Greek, Technical, Publishing, APL, Hebrew, Thai, Korean, and other keys found on keyboards such as Return, Help, and Tab.

A list of X Keysyms is associated with each keycode. The list is intended to convey the set of symbols on the corresponding key. Standard rules for obtaining an X Keysym from a KeyPress event make use of only the first four X Keysyms associated with a keycode. Depending on the state of the Shift and ModeSwitch (AltGr) modifiers, one of the first four keysyms will be selected.

There are two ways you can specify an X Keysym that you want to include in the shortcut:

  • Press a key to locate the corresponding X Keysym. Click OK to add the selection to the X Keysyms to send list.

  • Select an X Keysym from a list.

    Since the list of X Keysyms is long, it's a good idea to use the filter options below:

    • Filter X Keysym list by category. For example, selecting Greek as a category will limit the Select list to Greek X Keysyms only.

    • Only list X Keysyms whose names contain: The Select list includes only those X Keysyms that contain the character or character sequence you type.

You can return to this dialog box to add other X Keysyms to the shortcut.

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