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Friday, December 22, 2017 at 16:24

Screenkey is an overlay on-screen indicator to show what keys you are typing. It's best for screencasting (making video tutorial) when combined with Kazam Screen Recorder like what you easily find on YouTube. Screenkey on GNU/Linux is a good replacement for Keycastr on macOS and Keyboard Jedi on Windows. It's available on GNU/Linux distros, especially Ubuntu and Trisquel. Here's how to install it and some examples you may find useful for your desktop teaching. Happy recording!

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1. How It Looks Like

Here's some screenshots showing Screenkey in action for different purposes.

Teaching command lines like 'apt-get':

Teaching how to operate a File Manager by pressing buttons:

Demonstrating Alt+Tab and such key combinations at desktop:

2. Install Screenkey

On Ubuntu or Trisquel, do the following command:
$ sudo apt-get install screenkey

3. Run Screenkey

For both Ubuntu and Trisquel: go to desktop menu > type "screenkey" > found Screenkey > click it > Screenkey icon showing at the panel tray > try to type any key or key combination.

To stop Screenkey: see the Screenkey icon on panel? > right-click the icon > Quit.

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