VNC support for alt-tab
cbeerse "at" lycos.nl
Tue Jun 29 14:30:01 2004
bansidhar.deshpande "at" infineon.com wrote:
>> In the viewers menu (mouse button on the top bar) you can select the <ctrl>
>> and <alt> keys. Combine them with the required keys and the result is sent
>> to the server.
>>> Please guide me if there is any hidden key behind this.
>> <F8> is a key to show the above menu.
> Thanks Cbee for the help. But unfortunately <F8> is not working in my case.
> Can I press it in Full screen mode in VNC Viewer ?
Check the documentation, I have reasons to believe function keys can be defined.
You should be able to define <alt><tab> either in the menu or in a function-key.
The root of all evil is that the os at the desktop does not forward the
<alt><tab> combination so the applications (here `vncviewer`) does not see it at
all and hence cannot do anything about it.
> BTW still I have a doubt in my mind. Isn't it a pain to repeat this procedure
> for every alt-tab ? Can't the VNC Viewer give an interface like the "VMWare"
> which catches all the keyboard events except that of ctrl-alt-del. Because I
> am sure that everybody who works in the GUI mode of Linux using VNC would
> like to switch between the dialog windows using the keyboard not the mouse.
VMWare has the same problem. They have re-assigned <ctrl><alt><del> to
<ctrl><alt><ins> for example.
In the end, the best way is to have some customizable keys, like the
function-keys, then users can define their own mapping for frequently used
combinations. For the not so frequently used combinations, a virtual-keyboard
does suit a need. If the local or remote machine is unix, the application
`xkeycaps` can do that for all (and many more) keyboards you can imagine: it can
redefine roughly all keys and it can suit as a virtual keyboard.