Remapping ThinkPad Keys with udev hwdb

ThinkPad T series (also X1 Carbon) laptops have a great keyboard that I’ve been using delightfully for years. However, there’s a minor issue with its keyboard layout: they replaced the Menu key with a PrtSc. In my day to day work, I almost always accidentally hit that key while using my lovely Ctrl and Alt keys, upon which my laptop happily plays a shatter sound, flashes my screen white for a split second and spawns a screenshot file under my Pictures/ (thank you, GNOME). Whereas when I wanted to use my Menu key, it’s nowhere to be found.

However, there’s still an Insert key lying quietly in the top-right corner, which I never used (except for checking if some app even supports it). So why not make my old Insert PrtSc and my old PrtSc the new Menu?

Moreover, there are also 4 special keys (Fn + F9F12) that could have been my media keys, but are by default strange things like Settings and Search. Why not map them to media keys as well?

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Arch Linux Notes

This is my notebook for some small tips and tricks when using Arch Linux.

Why Arch Linux?

  • It is fresh and simple in package dependency.

  • It has a powerful Arch User Repository and makes it easy for you to make/modify your package.

  • It has a detailed Arch Wiki comprising useful experiences and recommendations.

  • It gets you to learn the basic knowledge required to be a Linux user/administrator/programmer.

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