I am using an external keyboard which is a Windows keyboard. I am not able to use copy and paste command with ctrl and there is no command key or the option key in this keyboard. What is the shorcut for copy paste or cut paste on such keyboard?


The Windows key will operate as the Command key, so cmd-c is win-c.

Further, the Alt key will operate as the Option key.

  • You can swap the function of the keys (per keyboard) under System Preferences --> Keyboard --> Modifier Keys.. This way you have the same keyboard layout on both your internal and external keyboard. – Volsk Aug 2 '17 at 7:07
  • @grgarside No the Windows Key doesn't help in copy paste or cut paste. – Jeet Aug 2 '17 at 8:13
  • @Volsk can you please let me know which key to map in Modifier keys for copy paste and cut paste? – Jeet Aug 2 '17 at 8:13

In macOS the copy command is invoked by the key combo command + C. The Windows key is normally the command key. As your keyboard does not have a command key you can map that key behavior to another key.

To swap the behavior of keys, go to System Preferences --> Keyboard --> Modifier Keys, select the right keyboard and set the desired behavior per key.

An option would be to set your alt \ option key to act like command and have your Caps Lock act like alt \ option.

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Alternatively you can use Karabiner-Elements to set more advanced key remaps.

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