I'm on 10.9 Mavericks and I am using the Dvorak keyboard layout. However every time I go to paste something using the COMMAND-V shortcut it doesn't do anything, I discovered hitting the physical V key which is K on Dvorak it works. What's going on here? The shortcut keys seem to honor QWERTY layout instead of Dvorak, I don't even have QWERTY enabled as a selection on my account, the system-wide default is Dvorak. How can I fix this? It's really annoying.

  • This is the way the basic short-cuts were originally designed. They are not ZXCV, but instead they are the first 4 keys from the left on the bottom row. This "first four keys" rule is still the default for other keyboard layouts. This also explains the strange choice of V for paste and Z for undo.
    – GEdgar
    Commented Jun 30, 2015 at 14:26

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Maybe you are using "Dvorak - Qwerty ⌘".

How to fix:

  1. Open "System Preferences" > "Keyboard" > "Input Source".
  2. Click "+" and select "Dvorak".
  3. Select "Dvorak - Qwerty ⌘" and click "−".

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