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change Caps Lock to Esc in i3

asked 2013-03-31 11:21:54 +0000

elvis gravatar image

I use vim and i am accustomed to replace the function of caps lock with esc. So, my problem is how could i switch them in i3?

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answered 2013-03-31 13:45:34 +0000

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updated 2013-03-31 13:46:15 +0000

you can modify your keyboard layout with xmodmap. To replace the caps_lock functionality with escape you could execute the following commands on startup:

xmodmap -e "clear lock" #disable caps lock switch
xmodmap -e "keysym Caps_Lock = Escape" #set caps_lock as escape
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but i would not have "Caps_Lock" function. Are there any way to switch them instead of removing the "Caps_Lock" ?

elvis gravatar imageelvis ( 2013-04-09 15:47:46 +0000 )edit

Worked for me!

ethanmad gravatar imageethanmad ( 2015-04-24 01:03:16 +0000 )edit
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answered 2013-03-31 12:13:05 +0000

I don't know a direct i3 solution but you could bind the escape key to xdotool:

bindsym Escape exec xdotool key 66

(66 being the keyCODE for Capslock, maybe check it using xev). Xdotool is available via package management in at least Ubuntu and Arch Linux.

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Note that this is the wrong way around and involves executing a new process every time you press a key. See the other answer instead for the proper solution.

Michael gravatar imageMichael ( 2013-03-31 14:32:21 +0000 )edit
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answered 2013-04-09 15:36:15 +0000

schischi gravatar image

You can also use:

setxkbmap -layout us -option caps:escape
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