Since I use Blender (2.12), the key on a german keyboard on windows to switch on all layers is Ö (right to the L).

In Ubuntu it doesn't work and never has for me and I'm using Linux for at least 6 years now.

Is there any reason behind that? After some research it seems as if Blender didn't recognize a lot of special keys (mostly keys between the letter keys and return) for keyboard shortcuts while it easily manages to do so for typing text. They don't work in the game engine's keyboard sensors as well. I can't imagine this to be a bug since it's been like that forever. Is there a setting I miss?

Here's a list of keys that Blender does recognize when typing text and completely ignores for shortcuts: Everything horizontally between

L and Return,

P and Return,

0 and Back Space,

the key to the left of Y

as well as the key to the left of 1


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Is your keymapping set correctly in your Ubuntu conifg? On a QWERTY keyboard, the default for enabling all layers is backtick (`... it's the top-left key, to the left of 1). Does that work for you?

  • $\begingroup$ All typing works correctly, so it's hard to imagine it to be a qwerty or qwertz problem. While I can type a ' in the text buttons or a text object, I cannot do so in the keyboard shortcut configuration or a keyboard sensor. On a german keyboard, left to the 1 is ^ and ° and these do nothing. $\endgroup$ Sep 13, 2013 at 17:46
  • $\begingroup$ Then the problem is likely that you don't have an easy way to type the backtick. In this case, you might be best off remapping the hotkey. $\endgroup$
    – Fweeb
    Sep 13, 2013 at 18:47
  • $\begingroup$ I made the question more specific. In a text field it's perfectly possible to type anything. $\endgroup$ Sep 13, 2013 at 19:05
  • $\begingroup$ @Haunt_House this might be a problem on your end then. All is fine for me on Ubuntu. $\endgroup$
    – iKlsR
    Sep 14, 2013 at 1:29
  • $\begingroup$ Fascinating, since I experienced it through ubuntu 8 to 12 and different PCs. Do you suggest I'm cursed? (: $\endgroup$ Sep 14, 2013 at 1:49

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