Grave Escape

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If you're using a 60% keyboard, or any other layout with no F-row, you will have noticed that there is no dedicated Escape key. Grave Escape is a feature that allows you to share the grave key (` and ~) with Escape.

Usage

Replace the KC_GRAVE key in your keymap (usually to the left of the 1 key) with KC_GESC. Most of the time this key will output KC_ESC when pressed. However, when Shift or GUI are held down it will output KC_GRV instead.

What Your OS Sees

If Mary presses GESC on her keyboard, the OS will see an KC_ESC character. Now if Mary holds Shift down and presses GESC it will output ~, or a shifted backtick. Now if she holds GUI/CMD/WIN, it will output a simple ` character.

Keycodes

Key

Aliases

Description

KC_GESC

GRAVE_ESC

Escape when pressed, ` when Shift or GUI are held

Caveats

  • On macOS CMD/GUI + KC_GRV is actually mapped to a hot key so it will not output a backtick.

Configuration

There are several possible key combinations this will break, among them Control+Shift+Escape on Windows and Command+Option+Escape on macOS. To work around this, you can #define these options in your config.h:

Define

Description

GRAVE_ESC_ALT_OVERRIDE

Always send Escape if Alt is pressed

GRAVE_ESC_CTRL_OVERRIDE

Always send Escape if Control is pressed

GRAVE_ESC_GUI_OVERRIDE

Always send Escape if GUI is pressed

GRAVE_ESC_SHIFT_OVERRIDE

Always send Escape if Shift is pressed