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Re: Key bindings proposal

From: Uday S Reddy
Subject: Re: Key bindings proposal
Date: Thu, 05 Aug 2010 22:26:43 +0100
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On 8/5/2010 9:33 PM, Óscar Fuentes wrote:

I can momentarily depress Alt to activate the menubar.

Nope. Have you some setting in .emacs for that? It doesn't work with
emacs -Q (nor I'll appreciate that behavior.)

Good guess! I was wondering the whole afternoon. Setting w32-pass-alt-to-system to t does the trick.

The manual says:

Emacs compiled as a native Windows application normally turns off the Windows feature that tapping the <ALT> key invokes the Windows menu. The reason is that the <ALT> serves as <META> in Emacs. When using Emacs, users often press the <META> key temporarily and then change their minds; if this has the effect of bringing up the Windows menu, it alters the meaning of subsequent commands. Many users find this frustrating.

You can re-enable Windows' default handling of tapping the <ALT> key by setting w32-pass-alt-to-system to a non-nil value.


The first paragraph is a bit misleading. But, more mysteriously there is no doc-string for this variable. So, it is quite hidden. I will file a bug report.


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