How do I modify or disable the HUD's use of the Alt key?

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When you install Ubuntu, lots of keyboard shortcuts are pre-configured. Some of them are very useful but one of them annoyed me. The ALT one!

Either when I am in the terminal, playing games or using other applications I need to use the ALT key and the HUD popups up.

So here's how to disable it:

In the system settings, click on the keyboard settings, then the shortcuts tab. Now click on the Key to show the HUD and then you can setup your own shortcut.

Command line

gconftool-2 --set "/apps/compiz-1/plugins/unityshell/screen0/options/show_hud" --type string "l"

This will setup the HUD to be ALT+L

To verify, you can use the get:

gconftool-2 --get...
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I am normally using Windows 7 on my notebook computer, but having installed the latest LTS version of Ubuntu, mostly for work, I wanted to try Second Life again; if only to see whether ATI's OpenGL support truly works.

My problem is that the alt key doesn't properly work. The mouse curser changes in SL but I can't use it for camera control. The SL Q&A in the viewer suggest to modify the window manager's behavior to move functions on the alt key to another key, but I can't find any setting that is bound to the alt key alone. Even though it does have an effect - holding it causes the menu to be displayed in the title bar*, tapping it causes a search window to appear.

Does anyone have a suggestion how to use SL with Unity?

* Unity behaves like Mac OS X rather than Windows, having a single top title bar which is at the same time system bar and only active for the currently selected application - a behavior I find better than the typical Windows behavior to give...

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All programs use ALT key for some action: open menu, Firefox uses ALT+number to fast go to a tab, etc. and HUD also uses ALT key. This creates not only confusion, but also dozen of HUD accessed by mistake. It is quite anoying.

My suggestion is to use some other key or key combination for this. I know it is easy to change (, but why could it not be done GREAT by default? Most users do not want to change settings to have a well configured system :)


ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 13.04
Package: hud 13.04.0daily13.04.03-0ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.8.0-19.30-generic 3.8.8
Uname: Linux 3.8.0-19-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.9.2-0ubuntu8
Architecture: amd64
Date: Tue May 14 03:45:48 2013
InstallationDate: Installed on 2013-04-25 (18 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 13.04 "Raring Ringtail" - Release...

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So I disabled hud...

If your hud is disabled, here is the current way to reenable.


and I can't reenable it...I did by hitting random keys...but then it went away when I was typing "ugh I disabled hud"

You should really not have disabling hud as something do able on the qwerty part of the keys...and put it on f12 or something.

I'm in a war game right now with one of the devs and I managed to build some turrets by using Q and guessing and then just lcicking....but I can't ASK him for help because I can't see text or know if I'm typing...I've probably sent a few messages consisting of "aAkjljf]}fj]]f}J}}J" trying ot get my hud back.

I have concluded that it is something I'm hitting while typing....related to the H while attempting to talk to the dev to get him to come here and answer my topic I ended up reenabling it
then I tried to ask how to do it for future dissappeared.

My teammate appears...

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Valve added a further command that enables you to control communication:

cl_mute_enemy_team 1

It completely mutes the entire enemy team (text and voice chat).

However, since Valve disabled cross team communication in competitive and casual game modes it is more or less an alternative to ignoremsg at stage one (ignore broadcast messages).

You can create a simple on/of switch or toggle for cl_mute_enemy_team easily:

bind "KP_RIGHTARROW" "toggle cl_mute_enemy_team 1 0"

(put this in your autoexec.cfg, anywhere above host_writeconfig)

Note: KP_RIGHTARROW is the keypad's right arrow key, the key that is normally directly between the PGUP and the PGDN keys I used above.

There is also

cl_chatfilters "0"

using it will disable chat completely, pretty much like the second stage of


. However, I cannot recommend to use it anymore at this point because the recent update added a sound that is played whenever...

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05-02-2015, 11:50 AM

(This post was last modified: 05-02-2015, 11:52 AM by Parax.)

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I'm modifying the files in the game's ISO directly. I'm a modder, so modifying the game's files is basically how I know to do things, and I'm developing tools for the Prime series so I know a fair amount about how its formats work... Most of the HUD can't be modified with a simple texture swap because it's made up of 3D models. Fortunately the game has a very robust system for setting up HUD frames using a file format called FRME. It's used for the in-game HUD as well as for other UI features like the pause screen and the file select menu. All I'm basically doing is modifying transform values in the FRME files in order to scale up and move individual widgets on the HUD to fit the aspect ratio. I'm not sure if I can just distribute the modified files here since it's not entirely legal. I guess distributing some patch file for the ISO...

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This is an easy tool for modifying your CS:S HUD.

CS:S HUD Editor v0.99 Made by HaRRiKiRi Info: This is an easy tool for modifying your CS:S HUD. It allows changing the position and color of almost any hud element on the screen. This tool is still in development so more possibility's are coming. Installation: No installation required. Just extract the zip and launch. 2 examples are provided in the subfolder and you can open them via the program. Tutorial: How all of this works, the basic things, and how to install and uninstall a hud can be seen in a tutorial in the program. Look under the Help menu. FAQ: Also FAQ can be seen in the program itself. Look in the help menu. Changelog: Changelog can be seen in the program itself. Look in the help menu, but I will post here as well: v0.99: -Made lots of data external. Changes this made: -Loading speed 2x faster -File size 2x smaller -Reworked saving and loading mechanism. Now all images are included in the one .sav file -Remade...
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I have virtualbox installed on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (host) with ubuntu 10.04 LTS as a VM (guest). The VM has guest additions installed.

I'd like to be able to reliably use alt-tab to switch windows within the guest, at least when I am in full-screen mode. Instead what I currently get is that sometimes it switches windows in the guest, sometimes it switches windows in the host system, sometimes it activates the HUD in the host and sometimes it does more than one of these three things at the same time.

What can I do so that when I am working on the guest only the guest responds to alt-tab? (I have a similar problem with the super key--though that isn't as much of an issue since 10.04 doesn't make as much use of...

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