I'm using my Caps-lock as "CTRL" on Mac OS X Lion 10.7.4. On Linux and Windows I can easily close and open tabs via CTRL+W and CTRL+T.

However on Mac I have to use CMD+W and CMD+T. CTRL+W and CTRL+T doesn't work.

What can I to fix this behaviour?

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    The easiest fix might just be to remap caps lock to command. – Nathan Greenstein Jul 4 '12 at 15:38
  • Whew. Old thread, but nonetheless, quite relevant. How does one remap the keys only in Chrome?? – Jim Dec 9 '14 at 14:14

You can customize some shortcuts in System Preferences:

You could also use an application like Keyboard Mastro to assign control-W to a macro that emulates pressing command-W. But it might have a small additional delay or not work everywhere.

But it would be nearly impossible to have the shortcuts changed consistently or to use control instead of command as a modifier key everywhere in OS X.

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    You can specify shortcuts ONLY for Chrome also, not just All Applications. – ishmael Apr 3 '15 at 18:05
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    Note that if you select Google Chrome as the application and use the menu item Close Tab this actually REPLACES Cmd+W so you can't use it to close tabs in Chrome anymore. – dragon788 Nov 28 '18 at 18:08
  • Note also that if you don't want Ctrl+W to completely replace Cmd+W in Chrome as the above does, you can install the Vimium extension and add map <c-w> removeTab to your "custom mappings" in the settings, and then can use EITHER option to close a tab (plus Vimium maps x to close a tab too). You may want to unset most of the defaults if this is the only reason you are using Vimium, but it has some excellent shortcuts well worth exploring. Sadly it can't interact with or close the default New Tab page or chrome:// urls (the former can be changed in the options, see pages/blank.html). – dragon788 Nov 28 '18 at 18:14
  • It turns out that even if you DON'T select Google Chrome, but the generic "App Shortcuts", it will REPLACE Cmd+W :/ – friederbluemle Aug 15 at 0:02

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