I have same problem as Using CTRL +V in Mail app on Mac Os X but in Mojave and for more apps.

I have Ctrl+v setup as paste in System Preferences -> Keyboard -> Shortcuts. This works fine in many apps but in the mail and safari apps it does a page down. If I hit Ctrl+v at the bottom of the text window then it works as a paste, meaning I can paste stuff into a text box but only at the bottom. How can I stop it doing this page down?

The solutions in the other questions involved mapping the command key to the Ctrl key using a feature that I can't see in Mojave. In any case this is not acceptable as I want to be able to use the command key in other situations.

  • Hey! As in this answer, Can you see "Modifier Keys" in system preferences -> Keyboard -> keyboard tab?
    – anki
    Commented Jun 28, 2019 at 7:44
  • apple.stackexchange.com/questions/228523/…
    – anki
    Commented Jun 28, 2019 at 7:52
  • Thanks, this does fix my issue and may be what I end up with but ideally I'd also like to be able to use the command button as well.
    – R.Mckemey
    Commented Jun 28, 2019 at 16:29
  • Hey if you're talking about second link, it stops scroll down behaviour of ctrl. so cmd should retain its purpose. I wrote first comment before reefing your last para. also close the question once your problem is solved.
    – anki
    Commented Jun 28, 2019 at 16:36
  • Having used it for a few minutes I ran into the problem that when I use my remote Linux machine the control key now does nothing as linux isn't designed to work with the command key. I could reconfigure the whole linux machine but I don't know how to do that either.
    – R.Mckemey
    Commented Jun 28, 2019 at 16:47

1 Answer 1


Create or edit the file: ~/Library/KeyBindings/DefaultKeyBinding.Dict (may need to create the folders as well) to contain the text:

{"^v" = noop:;}

You will then need to close and re-open the programs that you were have problems with.

  • This does not work for Ventura 13.3 Notes application.
    – evl183
    Commented Oct 27, 2023 at 17:05

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