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Hot Keys

Hot keys differ from standard keyboard shortcuts in two ways:

  • You can modify the definition of these keys.
  • You do not need to have input focus on the Blackboard Collaborate window to use them. They are available system-wide.

Hot keys work on Linux only when you turn off Num Lock and Caps Lock.

The default hot keys are listed in the following table.

Hot key combinations
Function Windows and Linux Keys Mac OS X Keys
Press or release the Talk button Ctrl+F2 Control+F2
Take back control of application sharing Ctrl+Space Control+Space
Stop application sharing Ctrl+Shift+S Control+Shift+S
Start or stop video transmission Ctrl+F3 Control+F3

You can redefine the default hot keys in the Preferences window in the General preferences section.

Windows and Linux: The hot key is restricted to one character. You may include one or more modifier keys in Windows:

  • Shift
  • Control
  • ALT

Mac OS X: The hot key must include at least one modifier key in the keystroke:

  • Shift
  • Control
  • Option
  • Command

If you change the default definition of a hot key, be sure not to change the definition to that of a hot key used by another application. Also, avoid key combinations that conflict with standard keyboard shortcut operations.