How to navigate Raspbian GUI without mouse


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by 5V0 » Fri Dec 21, 2012 7:33 am
How do I access menus and the main GUI in Raspbian without a mouse? I don't need/care for a mouse, but can't figure out how to access the main menus. I've only managed alt+ctrl+del to get to the task manager, and alt+letter works for buttons, but how do I get to, for example, the shut down menu so I can turn this thing off? How do I get to my desktop icons so I can use the navigation keys to select an icon? How do I get to my main menu to access all my programs?

Thanks in advance.
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by ShiftPlusOne » Fri Dec 21, 2012 7:39 am
I don't know if this works on raspberry pi, but this might be a good option for things you can't find the shortcuts for.
http://en.linuxreviews.org/HOWTO_use_th ... se_in_XOrg
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by jackokring » Fri Dec 21, 2012 7:52 am
I can't remember of hand, I'm drunk. BUT, I have posted before about the Model A issue of only a keyboard, and accessibility, and maybe something like ctrl numlock, and the number pad works as a mouse. There is information on wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mouse_keys. I can't read it right now, as I have a beer in hand.
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by 5V0 » Fri Dec 21, 2012 8:15 am
Thanks for the responses but (ctrl/shift/shift+ctrl) + numlock doesn't do anything.
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by sdjf » Fri Dec 21, 2012 8:39 am
This is one reason I went with a basically non-GUI distribution, I also do not want/need a mouse. I will in fact be installing a desktop/window manager, but will always be able to start GUI applications from the command line. That is something you should be able to do in Raspbian as well, but I have no idea how to get to the command line with your GUI. Once you are there, applications can be started with their names, although you may have to export the display (I do not recall syntax to do the display export).

Also, accessibility is the key word, if a working answer does not come along, you might consider posting a broader question in General Discussion or What Software, asking which distribution(s) for the Pi were built with accessibility in mind.

The following is the closest topic I could find where the issue is being discussed:

View topic - Accessibility, Screen Readers and Remote Initial Login?

viewtopic.php?f=26&t=22551&p=214200
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by 5V0 » Fri Dec 21, 2012 8:42 am
sdjf wrote:This is one reason I went with a basically non-GUI distribution, I also do not want/need a mouse. I will in fact be installing a desktop/window manager, but will always be able to start GUI applications from the command line. That is something you should be able to do in Raspbian as well, but I have no idea how to get to the command line with your GUI. Once you are there, applications can be started with their names, although you may have to export the display (I do not recall syntax to do the display export).

Also, accessibility is the key word, if a working answer does not come along, you might consider posting a broader question in General Discussion or What Software, asking which distribution(s) for the Pi were built with accessibility in mind.

The following is the closest topic I could find where the issue is being discussed:

View topic - Accessibility, Screen Readers and Remote Initial Login?

viewtopic.php?f=26&t=22551&p=214200

Thanks, I'll look at that. I also prefer GUI-less OS's, it's just that I can't get my Wi-Pi working. This entire experience has been a train-wreck. Very disappointed with my purchase of the Pi.
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by -rst- » Fri Dec 21, 2012 3:00 pm
5V0 wrote:...This entire experience has been a train-wreck. Very disappointed with my purchase of the Pi.


At least you know who to blame ;) Some others seem to be blaming the Pi, which is not quite right...

Assuming you are using the default 'GUI' == LXDE, maybe there is something here https://www.google.ie/search?q=lxde+keyboard+shortcuts

As far as I know, the LXDE/OpenBox combination is the one used in Raspbian, so this might apply http://daveden.wordpress.com/2012/09/21 ... eat-sheet/ (there is the unfortunate chance that the shortcuts are not there by default).
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by davidkennedy85 » Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:22 pm
Not sure about Raspbian, but I operate entirely without a mouse using a combination of Arch Linux ARM, screen and links. Both screen and links are in the official repository.

Mouse just slows me down :)
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by hungrytom » Sun Feb 10, 2013 11:23 pm
Alt + F2 to get the run dialog up
Run "lxterminal" to get the terminal window open
Run "midori" for a web browser (use tab to move focus between links/buttons)
Run "idle" to get a python interpreter/dev environment up
Run "sudo shutdown 0" for a clean exit before yanking out the power cable

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by sdjf » Tue Feb 12, 2013 12:48 am
Anybody seen this thread at LXDE forum? I think it provides a way to use keyboard instead of a mouse.

LXDE.org Forum o View topic - Using MOUSE on Keyboard on LXDE
http://forum.lxde.org/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=3174

It is one big reason why I installed lxde. But has been very hard for me to figure out. My complication is that I have only a virtual keyboard right now, waiting until have better access to pi with a hardware keyboard for remote access. Not happy using virtual keyboard for VNC.
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