• Left Alt key not working in games


    Hi. So I’m running Antergos with Plasma desktop 64-bit and I seem to be having trouble using the left Alt key in games. On the desktop, it works fine for stuff like Alt-Tabbing and the like.

    There are two games I can think of from the top of my head that use the Alt key in some way or another: Divinity: Original Sin and Satellite Reign. DOS uses it to highlight items on the ground and SR uses it for stealth kills. Or at least, they’re supposed to. The button does not work and to make matters worse, it can’t be rebound in-game for both games. I tried running DOS on another computer that used MATE and that worked fine. It’s not much to go on, but I’m guessing this has something to do with Plasma. Does it use the Alt key for something or am I completely off?

    I tend to use the functions bound to the Alt key in the aforementioned games a lot, so I would really like to solve this. Any ideas?

  • @onlooker I may be wrong but I believe that certain keyboard layouts use special bindings to the Alt keys. For example Alt+5=€ on the US international keyboard. If you use a keyboard layout that the game doesn’t like it may do this.

    Also, do these games require an Alt+Click to do the function by any chance? A lot of distros have their Alt key set up so that Alt+Left Click makes the window move and Alt+Right Click makes the window resize.

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