I would like to be able to use Command arrow keys to navigate by word like you can with Option. I've disabled the Mission Control mappings already. What's the easiest way to remap?

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    FYI, you can use option-arrow to move between words. Nov 29 '12 at 2:46
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    I know. I'd like it to be Command. Nov 29 '12 at 2:51

You can change the default keybindings for OS X text editing with the DefaultKeyBinding.dict file. Make a new text file at ~/Library/KeyBindings/DefaultKeyBinding.dict, with these contents:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">

Restart or log out and in, and controlleft and controlright should do what you're looking for. This will work in most OS X apps, but there are some (typically third party text editors) that use their own bindings, which will need to be switched on a case-by-case basis.

  • Shouldn't you use &#xF702; instead of \UF702?
    – Lri
    Nov 29 '12 at 8:28
  • I don't think so. Per Apple's Developer guide to Key Bindings, ^ is the proper character for the control modifier, and the NSEvents docs, left and right are unicode F702 and F703.
    – robmathers
    Nov 29 '12 at 15:45
  • Oh, my mistake, just did a little more testing and I forgot to account for unicode encodings. Answer updated accordingly.
    – robmathers
    Nov 29 '12 at 16:03

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