hotkey(1) popup a window on changing battery save mode, power-up mode and


hotkey [-display] [-h] [-m] [-de] [-es] [-en] [-fr] [-it] [-pt] [-ja]


hotkey displays a small window in the centre of the screen when changing the battery save mode, power-up mode or speaker volume with the Fn+F2, Fn+F3 and Fn+F4 key combinations. The window shows a highlighted icon representing the current setting and a short text message stating the current setting.

If the LANG enviroment variable is set to a supported language, then hotkey will display the settings in that language. You can override this with the command line. If hotkey is unable to allocate all the colours it requires it will default to a monochrome mode. This can also be selected from the command line.

The program does not work on Libretto's and other models newer than a Tecra 750x. This includes all models currently available from Toshiba. This is because Toshiba made a fundamental change to the way of detecting the Fn key press.

To exit the program send it a SIGSTOP signal. For more information on the battery save and power-up modes of your Toshiba laptop please consult the User's manual.


Specify the display on which hotkey should try and open. -h Print a short synopsis of the command line arguments and exits.
Display the popup window in monochrome rather than colour.
Display text strings in German.
Display text strings in English.
Display text strings in Spanish.
Display text strings in French.
Display text strings in Italian.
Display text strings in Portuguese.
Display text strings in Japanese.


Due to a bug in the Linux APM driver, hotkey can cause Linux to freeze requiring the use of the reset button. Unfortunately all models since late 1997 are effected. If the kernel APM driver is disabled then hotkey is fine.


This program was written by Jonathan Buzzard ([email protected]) and may be freely distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License. There is ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY for this program.

Portuguese translations provided by Joao Carlos Ventura ([email protected]), French translations provided by Tristan Debeaupuis ([email protected]), Japanese translations provided by Daisuke Sato ([email protected]), German translations by Harald Ganzinger ([email protected]) and Spanish translations by Juan Pablo Zaldivar Carrillo ([email protected]).