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Magic Keyboard Home and End keys acts as Page Up and Page down

I'm using a Magic Keyboard with both my windows laptop and my Macbook Pro. When on MacOS, the Home and End keys default to Page Up and Page Down. How do I remap the Home key to act as the Home button (...
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Is there a QTranslate for MacOS?

I'd like to translate selected text using one keyboard shortcut and see translation in a pop up window, similarly to how QTranslate works on Windows. I tried Mate, but it requires several key ...
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Full list of option key mappings in Mac keyboard

The option key with any alphanumeric or symbol key in a Mac keyboard would insert a special character. The special character would also change when shift is also held with option. E.g., the following ...
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option+left and option+right skip special characters

So I have a new Mac M1 I'm trying to set up the terminal as it was in my previous system. The problem now is that when using option+arrow (left or right) it jumps to the next space character instead ...
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How to use same keyboard shortcuts across windows and mac? [duplicate]

I use both Windows and Mac OS for my work. Unfortunately the keyboard shortcuts across the two are different. For example, on Windows I have to use Ctrl + C to copy whereas on Mac the shortcut is Cmd +...
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Insert key on external keyboard not working on Double Commander

I am new to Mac. The Insert key on my external keyboard is not working as expected. I've got Home / End working by adding DefaultKeyBinding.dict file How can I do the same for Insert (\UF727)?
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MacBook Pro Delete functioning as forward-delete instead of backspace?

A friend has a recent model MacBook Pro and has recently switched to an external Mac keyboard with both delete keys: Delete (backspace) and ⌦ (forward-delete). However, two days ago the built-in ...
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Option and command key are switched for a keyboard on my mac?

I just connected a keyboard I haven't used in a while. For some reason the option and command keys are suddenly switched. I went into settings > Keyboard > Modifier Keys and everything is at ...
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Mapping OPTION + MINUS key in skhd

I would like to map out the key combination Opt+- to shift focus to another monitor using yabai using skhd. Something like this: alt - MINUS : yabai -m display --focus recent However, I have not been ...
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Make the Touch Bar less fancy

I got a mbp with Touch Bar and now I'm sure I don't like it. What can I do to make it look and behave less like a Touch Bar? Is it possible to make it hold just two sets of buttons, the function keys ...
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When I press command key text gets highlighted and enlarged - how do I remove this features (disable Enable Hover Text)?

When I press command the text in my mac becomes large. I've tried googling how to remove it and in system preferences too! How do I remove this? Also, I can't even take a screen shot because it ...
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Macbook Air loses modifier key remapping when hub unplugged

TLDR: My Macbook Air forgets my remapped modifier keys when I unplug and replug the USB hub my keyboard is on. There have been past questions about forgetting modifier key settings but those were ...
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How to completely and mercilessly remove Emacs keybindings?

Not your average keybinding question... Is there any way to completely and without mercy remove or unset the Emacs keybindings on the Mac? After much research I come to you with a problem and what I ...
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Reset Chinese Input Method candidate word frequency records?

This issue happens for all macOS 10.x. For Chinese input methods like Sucheng, it has a feature that can "Adjust word frequency" according to the frequency of usage of each word. When I ...
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Monterey: Cycle through layouts in "most recent used" order

I use two languages A and B regularly, so I need to switch between them with a simple press of option+space. However, I sometimes also need to use a third language C. I want to be able to press option+...
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Possible to change Messages up/down key behaviour?

In most single-line text edit fields, pressing Up moves the cursor to the start of the line, and pressing Down moves the cursor to the end. But in the Messages app, the behaviour is slightly different;...
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How to remap left-arrow (←) key to ctrl in MacOS or iTerm2?

On a 2017 MacBook Pro 15", I want symmetry in my three modifier keys (ctrl, option, cmd), i.e. what's available to my right hand would be mirror-symmetrical to what's available to my left. The ...
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How do I make Chrome text fields honour system KeyBinding and/or DefaultKeyBinding

In almost every text input field in macOS, I can use OSX' KeyBindings like ^+A. Not in Chrome however. How can I make it so that I can? I am used to Emacs shortcuts and arrow key combinations are ...
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Change "option + w" from typing ∑ to tying ω

Whenever I press option w, I get ∑. This is default behavior on macOS. How can I modify it such that instead of ∑ I get ω? I tried Karabiner Elements but it can't do greek letters.
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How can I change input source in MacOS using Windows-style Shift + Command shortcut?

I've been using Windows for most of my life and at this point I've developed a muscle memory to use Shift + Alt when I want to change language. Using Macbook Air With macOS Big Sur (11.6) as my ...
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Is it possible to change Fn keys behavior for the non-fn layer?

I know I can change the function row to work as Fn keys and then use Fn keys as shortcuts. That's not what I want to do. What I want to do is change the default actions of the fn row when not in the ...
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Open or activate an application in specific shortcut [duplicate]

I'd like to bind certain keyboard shortcuts to certain applications, and have it open and be visible when it is pressed. For example, I want to have the Things app open (if not already open) and be ...
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Hide menu bar only for full-screen videos

I like to have the menu bar present when using apps in full screen. So, I have the auto-hide option unchecked. However, when I want to view a netflix or youtube video in full screen, the menu bar is ...
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Remapping Menu/Context Menu key to Option - Karabiner Not Working

I'm using macOS BigSur with a Windows Keyboard - Drevo Tyrfind v2. I want to remap the Menu key that's on the right side of the keyboard next to the control button to the Opt key. I'm using Karabiner ...
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How do I make macOS ignore the scroll lock key in most places?

I use the Scroll Lock key as push-to-talk because this key is typically not used by any programs on Windows and Linux. I also have my mouse configured to send the Scroll Lock key any time I press one ...
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Is there a keyboard shortcut to close the Character Viewer popup window?

I have some unicode characters that I like to use. In most programs there is a keyboard shortcut Command+Control+Space to show this window. But then if hit Command-W, I will close the app's main ...
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Macos Monterey update broke my Fn-a Emacs keybind; how to disable it?

I am resigned to moving the keybind to Fn-x, but just in case there's an easy way to disable it, I thought I'd ask. Eminent domain! Eat the rich! How to create a keybinding using the [fn] key as a ...
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How can I obtain the backslash with a US keyboard configured with a Spanish (ES-ISO) keyboard layout?

I have a Macbook Air with the typical US keyboard layout printed in the keys, but I want to use the keyboard as if it were a Spanish keyboard because I'm accustomed to that layout and since I don't ...
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Why does my BlueTooth keyboard occasionally switch to typing symbols?

I'm using a Microsoft Surface Ergonomic keyboard with BlueTooth connection. Technically it is only supported on Windows 10, but it works fine on my M1 MacBook Pro running Big Sur 11.1 The issue is ...
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Keyboard shortcut to call an AppleScript (created with Automator --> Quick Action) always require app permission

I've followed this answer in order to add this AppleScript to a keyboard shortcut. It works but it doesn't resize the window, and I receive the following message: com.automator.runner.xpc is not ...
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DefaultKeyBinding.dict method not working to move cursor from word to word(which is by default options + left/right)

I created a DefaultKeyBinding.dict in ~/Library/KeyBindings and copied this code to change how I can move from words to words to command+left/right instead of options + left/right. But it is not ...
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Contextual key mappings in PyCharm on macOS

For years I've been using a keymap (IIRC carried over from Visual Studio circa 2005) where F5 is the same key for "debug..." and "resume program". However while setting up my ...
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How can i change the hotkey to trigger backslash in in macOS?

i am desperately looking for a way to rebind the backslash symbol on macOS. Preferably something like control + 0. Anything is better than the default keybind. I googled everything that came to my ...
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Keyboard control of collapse/expand triangles in the List view [duplicate]

I’ve got a long list of folders in a folder on my Mac. In the List view of Finder, folders are displayed collapsed or expanded by the ▶︎ or ▼ sign on the left side respectively. I am wondering if ...
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Workaround for command + tab issue on Messages, Notes, etc

I'm having this issue where certain apps (Messages, Notes) aren't brought to the screen when I command + tab over to them. One solution is to press option at the same time, as said in the link. But ...
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Left modifier keys don't work as expected, while right keys work as they should

Question I have the issue that standard keyboard combinations - such as shift+alt for selecting text - on the left side of my keyboard don't work - or only on second try - in standard applications ...
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Does certain Fn key like F11 does not work for services which are linked to automator?

So I did a small automator to toggle wifi on/off. I put that in services so I can assign a shortcut in keyboard in system preference. I can assign F12, F10 all seems good but when I assign F11, when ...
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Map Mouse Buttons using hidutil, how to find Keycodes?

I am trying to map the two side buttons of my Logitech Anywhere MX 3 to volume increment/decrement without using any additional tools, ideally using hidutil. My idea was to generate a plist for launch,...
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Re-mapping PgUp and PgDn on PC keyboard

I have a setup where I use the same (PC) keyboard for my PC and my Mac mini using a switch box. I switch back and forth between the two all the time - and in order to stay sane I have re-mapped many ...
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What is the "Menu Title" for the shortcut to jump to a browser tab by number?

In my previous machine, I was able to jump to a tab using its position. Alt-2 gets me to the 2nd tab.. so on. On macOS, I had to swap "option" and "command" keys due to muscle ...
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Can't paste Emojis when using Ukelele custom keyboard

Using Ukelele I generated a Windows QWERTY layout which I'm used to coz I'm switching between Windows and macOS. Here's the layout for inspection if necessary: https://www.dropbox.com/s/...
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How to immediately show the function keys on the 2020 MBP M1 Touch Bar?

I am switching from a 2018 MBP i7 with a touch bar to a 2020 MBP M1. The older machine is still running macOS Catalina (v10.15.7) whereas the newer one came with macOS Big Sur preinstalled (v11.4). ...
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Is it possible to Map Function keys to something else on macOS?

I'm on Apple Silicon MacBook Pro. The Touch Bar is broken. I'm in a program where I need to use some of the F keys, and I'm not able to create shortcuts within the program. Are there anyways I can map ...
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How can i prevent CMD+L from lagging in full screen mode in Safari

My first question here. I tried Safari and i honestly like it very much, it is much more faster than Google chrome. I would like to use it in full screen mode, with Always Show Toolbar in Full Screen ...
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How to change binding in zsh? command key vs control key

I moved to Mac OS and I'm facing the control vs command key problem. I already changed the settings for my external keyboard, so that my control key is mapped to command key and viceversa. This fixes ...
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Bind a single arrow keypress to multiple arrow keypresses

I'm trying to bind the Up arrow to three Left arrows done in rapid (instant) succession (although I'd also be interested in knowing how to put some fixed delay as well). There are two existing answers ...
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How can I remap enter key on MacOS big sur?

my enter key broke and doesn't work, can I rebind the Enter key to work with RSHIFT instead of enter?
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Can I use CapsLock as Hyper in a keyboard shortcut for window tiling?

[Update: Per agarza's suggestion below, I've looked into Rectangle. It's based on Spectacle so it was familiar enough. I checked "Remove keyboard shortcut restrictions" in settings, and ...
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Create emacs-style keychains keybindings in hammerspoon?

I discovered Hammerspoon today, a keybinding and desktop automation tool reminiscent of i3wm or awesonewm for linux, but combined with something like xdotool. I am an emacs user, and find emacs's (and ...
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Map left command key to left control key in terminal only?

I'm using neovim to edit code and am needing to create a mapping in which I press the left command key, and neovim (or at least my alacritty terminal) thinks that I am pressing the left control key. I ...
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