I saw these instructions to replace a shortcut

On your Mac, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Keyboard, then click Shortcuts. Select App Shortcuts on the left, click the Add button , click the Application pop-up menu, then choose a specific app or All Applications.

So I can add a shortcut named 'Copy' under all applications, and insert ctrl+C as the keystroke. But then cmd+C won't work as the Copy shortcut anymore.

Is there a way to have both?

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    Maybe I am misreading the question, but you already have both. cmd + C is copy and cmd + v is insert. If your question is, whether one can have one shortcut for two different things, the answer is no. How would that even work?
    – X_841
    Apr 5, 2021 at 7:02
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    @X_841 - OP is asking about ctrl/c and cmd/c accessing the same command, not one shortcut to 2 different commands.
    – Tetsujin
    Apr 5, 2021 at 7:50
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    Now I get it thanks! Seems quite unecessary to me so I didnt think about that.
    – X_841
    Apr 5, 2021 at 8:23

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The Shortcuts Prefs won't allow you to add the same Menu item twice, so no, this cannot be done.

Additionally, in Finder, the Copy menu item is a 'smart' structure, meaning it always contains the name or count of what would be copied by the key command. You cannot use the shortcut replacer at all on a smart menu.


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Furthermore, attempting to override a system-wide command like Copy is bound to fail somewhere. It's definitely best to stick to the system defaults for such as those.

  • What is a smart menu? Apr 5, 2021 at 21:51
  • Contextual menu.
    – Tetsujin
    Apr 6, 2021 at 8:33
  • Some people have accessibility issues where cmd+<key> is problematic. Assigning it to a single keystroke FN key, can be helpful, for example. So, no, it's not "definitely best" to stick to the system defaults. It's hardly catastrophic if "Copy [shortcut] is bound to fail somewhere" vs the benefit of reassignment that will work in 99.9% of cases.
    – John
    Aug 30, 2022 at 16:56
  • @John - it's literally impossible to add 2 key commands as the OP wanted, or add one to a contextual menu. As to the rest, I'm not addressing accessibility concerns, but technical ones.
    – Tetsujin
    Aug 30, 2022 at 17:08

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