Reclaiming Ctrl+Space

Let's play a little word association...

Keyboard Shortcut
Association 
alt+tab
Application Switcher
alt+F4
Close Window
ctrl+esc
Panel Menu
ctrl+space
Input Method?

Input Method? Surely this is useful for some folks, but I would guess the majority of you to expect ctrl+space to be associated with code completion. My teammate Roman has already filed a defect for this, and I was happy to learn that it has already been addressed in the upcoming 2008.11 release.

For now, if you want to leave the Input Switcher enabled, but would prefer to use a different trigger key, you can simply delete (or change) the trigger key by going to System > Preferences > Input Methods. Select the Trigger Keys tab and remove the Ctrl+space trigger key:

Then click OK to close the dialog. You also need to restart the keymap service before the changes will take affect:

svcadm restart keymap 

Alternatively, if you never use the input switcher, you can disable it altogether. This will also eliminate that little flashing "en" window you see when you log into OpenSolaris :-).

On the General tab deselect "Enable Input Method" and set the Input Method status and switcher placement setting to None:


Congratulations, you've just reclaimed ctrl+space.

Comments:

This was good to know. C-Space is a life saver in some IDE's, as you also noted. Maybe C-AltRight or C-Compose would be a better choise?

OT: sorry about that, but when you set up your machine to use ntpd, it will not suggest some good ntp-server (like the ones in pool.ntp.org). Would suggest one uses (or at least enter) some in the list of time server. And one might even add some servers under solaris.pool.ntp.org (like 0.s.p.n.o , 1.s.p.n.o and 2.s.p.n.o). That would be really good.
Please have a look at http://www.pool.ntp.org/ for more information.

And again, thanks for this blog, it's most usefull!

Posted by ajxn on November 06, 2008 at 03:20 PM GMT #

ajxn, thanks for your feedback on the time servers. I've filed a defect here: http://defect.opensolaris.org/bz/show_bug.cgi?id=4609 . Please feel free to Cc yourself or add additional comments.

Posted by Brian Leonard on November 06, 2008 at 05:00 PM GMT #

ctrl+space is useful for input method selection, yes, but most often I just use compose key sequences (with sticky keys enabled that's just real easy to use). Incidentally, if you don't disable input methods but do reclaim ctrl+space, you can still use the compose key. The compose key on PC keyboards is the menu key.

Posted by Nicolas Williams on November 07, 2008 at 04:02 PM GMT #

When I'm on windows live messenger if I press control + space it shuts it down for some reason. o.O

Posted by Lawrence on June 07, 2009 at 05:11 AM GMT #

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