[ltp] Those dumb forward/backward keys on X220

Richard Neill linux-thinkpad@linux-thinkpad.org
Thu, 22 Sep 2011 16:39:04 +0100

On 22/09/11 16:01, Yves-Alexis Perez wrote:
> On jeu., 2011-09-22 at 08:49 +0300, Michael Livshin wrote:
>> Those two keys above Left and Right.
>> Is there a way to disable them, preferably on the Xkb level or below?

Check with xev  (the X event viewer) what they do.

On my thinkpad, they are distinct keycodes, and can be killed off with 

On my Ultranav thinkpad-style USB keyboard (used for the desktop pc), 
these keys fake "Alt + left-arrow" and "Alt + right-arrow". This makes 
them impossible to kill in software: I resort to lifting the keycap off 
the keyboard, physically destroying the switch (the little rubber 
springy thing can easily be pulled off) and replacing the keycaps - this 
has the extra advantage that they sit slightly lower, making it easier 
to press the real arrow keys.