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Is it possible to redefine the keyboard shortcut for deleting files to delete loosing the command ?

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I assume you want to replace the functionality of 'delete' with the functionality of 'cmd+delete'. Is this correct? – boehj May 2 '11 at 0:49
also note that in the lingo cmd+backspace = delete and fn+backspace = (forward) delete; just backspace = just backspace. – koiyu May 2 '11 at 12:36
It's about deleting files, not chars. – Petruza May 3 '11 at 5:10
@boehj: correct – Petruza May 3 '11 at 5:11
@Petruza but your keyboard sends the same keycodes should you work on files or chars. – koiyu May 3 '11 at 13:51
up vote 3 down vote accepted

Normally it is possible to customize your own keyboard shortcuts in the Keyboard pref pane, but you cannot re-map the Delete key.

So in short, no, it is not possible to re-map Cmd ⌘+Delete to simply the Delete key.


This would be a "hack", but it just occurred to me that if you have a programmable mouse with an extra button, you may be able to assign the Cmd ⌘+Delete key combo to that button. It won't work using the built-in Mouse pref pane, but there may be a third-party app that can do it -- e.g. USB Overdrive or Logitech Control Center (for Logitech mice, obviously).

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Believe me I surfed all the options on that pane, that's why I asked. Sad to hear I can't – Petruza May 3 '11 at 5:12
+ 1: Very clever re: mapping it to the mouse. – boehj May 3 '11 at 12:09
the mouse hack is ok, but my question was just out of lazyness. I prefer the hassle of pressing command than installing a software that will be running there for no really useful purpose. Thanks anyway! – Petruza May 4 '11 at 17:49

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