Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I'm on Debian Squeeze using tilda and openbox, and as the source-engine-user I am, I mapped tilda to ~. However, this creates problems when trying to press tilde normally, eg. for use in scripting. Is it possible to make ~ still open console, but make the system type a tilde character and NOT open the console when Ctrl+~ is pressed?

share|improve this question
Have you tried to replace ` with grave in the keybind definition, i.e., write <keybind key="C-grave"> (...) </keybind> ? – user172870 Nov 12 '12 at 10:27

Yes, it is in fact possible, you have to create a custom keybinding for openbox. You can do what you want like so:

  1. Open up the file rc.xml located at ~/.config/openbox/rc.xml in your favorite text editor.
  2. Scroll down to the section where it says <keyboard>.
  3. In that section, create a new key-binding with the format:
<keybind key="...">
 <action name="...">

So you need to set the keys for the binding, the action name and command. Here is an example of what you could use:

<keybind key="C-`">
 <action name="Execute">

This will tie up tilda with Ctrl + ` or ~ key. Allowing you to use the tilde with tilda, or just type it.

Hope this helps.

share|improve this answer
This is the reverse of what I want to do; I want to simulate the press of the tilde key when Ctrl+Tilde is pressed, but have tilda toggled by Tilde alone. – Suchipi Oct 14 '12 at 0:26
Because I infrequently press the tilde key and I'm going for a quake-esque tilde-for-console setup. – Suchipi Oct 14 '12 at 0:33
Then I have no idea, sorry. – Link Oct 14 '12 at 2:03
Thanks for your attempt, at least – Suchipi Oct 15 '12 at 17:01

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.