I want to use the F1 key for the implementation of help. Help has to be fired whenever the F1 key is pressed, no matter where the focus is. I could use inputmaps and actionmaps for this matter, only I use the MVC model, where I use one controller for all the functions of the application. This controller is an actionlistener, I don't want it to be an action. It is an KeyListener as well, but with keyevents the component has to have the focus. I don't have and I don't want a menu, so I can't use accelarators as well. Has someone a solution ?