On a macbook, the C key isn't working anymore, so i was wondering if there was a way to trigger the command + c shortcut other than pressing the command and C keys

Thanks a lot

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    How do you use a computer without a 'C' key? For that matter, how did you input this question?
    – KevinDTimm
    Commented Mar 13, 2014 at 16:44
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    "A" Macbook, OP said, not "this Macbook" :) Commented Mar 13, 2014 at 19:14
  • I've seen people use Macs with several broken keys for years. What some can't stand, others just roll with.
    – bmike
    Commented Mar 13, 2014 at 19:15
  • @KevinDTimm Copy and paste. With the mouse. :)
    – Blue Ice
    Commented Mar 13, 2014 at 21:09
  • Not to get too chatty, but at my first job, the terminal I used didn't have an <ENTER> key. So, how long do you think it took me to break myself of the habit of pressing <CTRL-M>?
    – KevinDTimm
    Commented Mar 14, 2014 at 12:51

4 Answers 4


Yes, you can use the Edit menu and select copy

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This page tells you how to pick a different keyboard shortcut for Copy: http://support.apple.com/kb/PH13911

To address the larger issue of not having a C key anywhere else, you can use the Keyboard Viewer (search for it in Finder Help) to press any key that's malfunctioning when an external keyboard isn't convenient or at hand. Adding c to the special characters window might also work better for some than summoning the keyboard viewer.

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    – grg
    Commented Mar 13, 2014 at 19:12
  • I completely understand the reason, but it's tragic that web pages are so impermanent that we resort to copy-pasting their contents on to other pages. Still, message received.
    – Nik M
    Commented Mar 14, 2014 at 12:56

Quick and easy: Use Right-Click, or the trackpad two-finger-click gesture, or the Control+Click keyboard shortcut (all of which do the same thing effectively) to invoke a context menu on whatever you have selected, and you can choose Copy from the context menu.

Also quick and easy: Invoke the Edit menu from the keyboard and select Copy from there, as Maximus has proposed. Or go to System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts to create a new shortcut for Copy, as Nik M has helpfully proposed.

Neither quick nor easy:

If you enjoy Rube Goldbergian solutions, you will love this:

Change your keyboard layout to Dvorak. System Preferences > Keyboard > Input Sources. If you tick "Show input menu in menu bar" you can even get a lovely drop-down menu in the menu bar for fast switching between layouts. You can use standard QWERTY most of the time and switch to Dvorak when you need the C key.

But why switch back and forth? Just commit, and learn Dvorak for all your typing needs!

Dvorak puts the C on a key you haven't broken yet, and moves the—well, that letter after I and before K, you know the one—to where the C used to be.

And really, who ever uses that letter? You'll be totally fine without it.

Sincerely, your friend...

facepalm onathan

p.s. I jest. Do the first one. It's what I've always done in a broken-key situation.


I believe the solution Apple recommends is to buy a new MacBook.

  • They might even replace the keyboard :-)
    – nohillside
    Commented Mar 13, 2014 at 20:39
  • Hopefully the new computer would have a different keyboard, yes :)
    – Zook
    Commented Mar 13, 2014 at 20:48

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