Cannot enter sketch mode by Alt+drag.

Asked by Annada Prasad Behera on 2013-07-26

I'm using Linux Mint KDE Olivia 15. To enter into 'sketch mode' by freehand Tool, I have to Alt+drag. But just like every other application, Alt+drag is moving the whole window. How to workaround?

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2013-07-27
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Yes, that is a shortcoming due to limited number of modifier keys on a standard keyboard. Affects me too on Ubuntu Linux. You will have to remap the desktop environment keyboard shortcuts for moving windows. There is a way to remap keys within Inkscape but I'm sorry to say that I came up with nothing on how to actually change the keyboard shortcut for the function you're asking about. I will leave your question open for others to answer as well.

btw. which version of Inkscape are you using?

Annada Prasad Behera (munabsb) said : #2

I'm using Inkscape 0.48.4 r9939. Please tell me how to remap the keys such that Alt+drag doesn't move the whole window. I seldom use that function. I drag the title bars if I have to.

Best su_v (suv-lp) said : #3

On 2013-07-27 10:36 +0100, Annada Prasad Behera wrote:
> I'm using Inkscape 0.48.4 r9939. Please tell me how to remap the keys
> such that Alt+drag doesn't move the whole window. I seldom use that
> function. I drag the title bars if I have to.

Inkscape's keyboard shortcut (Alt+drag) cannot be remapped at runtime - it is hard-coded.

This Inkscape FAQ entry described how the keyboard shortcut(s) can be disabled or modified for various desktops/window managers on Linux:
<http://wiki.inkscape.org/wiki/index.php/FAQ#How_can_I_make_Alt.2Bclick_and_Alt.2Bdrag_work_on_Linux.3F>

Alternatively, you could try to work around the conflict in Inkscape by pressing 'Ctrl+Alt' instead of 'Alt':
<http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.comp.graphics.inkscape.user/15001/focus=15004>
or a similar method as described in the same related recent thread on the mailing list:
<http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.comp.graphics.inkscape.user/15001/focus=15005>

Annada Prasad Behera (munabsb) said : #4

Thanks ~suv, that solved my question.