Confirm Keyboard Shortcut Missing for F1 - help

David Timms dtimms at
Tue Mar 7 07:38:01 UTC 2006

Eric Brunson wrote:
> David Timms wrote:
>> Eric Brunson wrote:
>>> Before I file this in bugzilla, can someone confirm that the "Launch 
>>> help browser" keyboard shortcut is missing from 
>>> gnome-keybinding-properties?  Both my test3 machines are missing that 
>>> configuration.
>> What is the menu|icon title that I can look at this ?
>> What should the help browser shortcut be ?
>> DaveT
> In FC4 it is under Desktop -> Preferences -> Keyboard Shortcuts -> 
> Desktop, the title is "Launch help browser", it's the first item on the 
> list and the default key binding is F1.  I don't have that option on 
> either of my test3 boxes.
OK, got it. Mine says disabled for the first 8 items, then AltF2, AltF1 
for Show the panel run application dialog and panel menu, and there is a 
whole lot of other disabled's as well.

If a select the Launch help browser line and then type F1, it definitely 
adds the shortcut, and Backspace disabled the shortcut. While enabled 
the shortcut works, to show the general gnome help overview.

A guess a lot of people would be used to pressing F1 to get context 
sensitive help in whatever application they are in. Perhaps the generic 
keyboard shortcut was overriding other applications use of the F1 (for 
help - actually I just tried this oocalc, and found it to be true) and 
so it has been removed ?

Definitely worth tracking down in bugzilla to see if it was on purpose 
or not. It would be nice to get application specific help, and if the 
app doesn't use the key, have it passed to the shortcuts system to get 
gnome help, I guess ?


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