Getting rid of “Clear scrollback” in Pidgin (changing keybindings in GTK applications)

For some reason, Ctrl+L in Pidgin is “Clear scrollback”, which is something I almost never want to do, whereas Ctrl+L in Firefox is the incredibly useful “Focus location bar”, the type of thing I hit hundreds of times per day. Obviously, this leads to a problem: I clear my pidgin window accidentally over and over again.

Luckily, the answer for how to fix this was in the pidgin FAQ—not this problem in particular, but changing keybindings in general. Just open up gconf-editor (Applications -> System Tools -> Configuration Editor from gnome, or gconf-editor from the command line) and set /desktop/gnome/interface/can_change_accels to true, then hover over the menu item you want to change the keybinding of and type what you want it to change to. I couldn’t figure out how to make it blank that way, but if you type one that already exists, that one gets overwritten, so I just changed “clear scrollback” to ctrl-f (which was Find) and then changed Find back to that and clear scrollback was cleared.

So problem solved. It was pretty darn easy for me, although I wonder how easily other people could have found the solution. In any case, the best solution would be to have it removed for everyone, so I’m going to report it and hope they agree it’s unneeded.

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