KDE: shortcut for "give me application X"
ansari.farid at gmail.com
Thu Apr 19 07:45:09 UTC 2007
Today is 19th April 2007.
Is the Kubuntu 7.04 being released ?
Thanks & Regards,
On 4/19/07, Daniel Pittman <daniel at rimspace.net> wrote:
> I am trying to figure out if it is possible to achieve a bit of UI that
> I would like in my KDE session: I want a "give me application X" key
> My use case is essentially this:
> I want to hit control-enter to give me a calculator. I want this to
> work from anywhere, no matter what, and to act like this:
> If I hit the keys and the calculator application isn't running, start
> it up.
> If I hit the keys and it /is/ running then bring it to the current
> desktop, on top, and give it focus.
> What I absolutely do not want is:
> If I hit the keys and it isn't running nothing happens.
> If I hit the keys and it is running a second copy starts up.
> Sadly, though, I can't work out how to achieve this with KDE:
> If I set a global shortcut on the application I get the second bad
> behaviour: it starts a new copy of the application even if one is
> already running.
> If I set a shortcut key to jump to the application I can't have it
> automatically started.
> Annoyingly, a few applications do the right thing. I presume this is
> because they have their own special internal support for detecting a
> running instance and activating that rather than starting a second copy.
> (...and, no, the calculator isn't one of them. Darn it.)
> So, is there any way to achieve this nice, modal behaviour?
> Extra bonus points go to anyone who can supply a third behaviour here:
> If I hit the keys, it is running and it has focus then hide or
> minimize the application.
> That way I can have a "pop-up" calculator, terminal session and the
> couple of other "global" applications that I sometimes want to use from
> whatever else I am in the middle of.
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