Questions tagged [keybindings]

Pertaining to the settings which define what a key press on the keyboard will do.

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How do I remap a key in macOS Sierra, e.g., Right Alt to Right Control?

I used to use Karabiner to remap Right Alt to Right Control (as an Emacs user I use Control MUCH more that Alt) but updating to Sierra broke this. Downgrading is not an option. How do I manually ...
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How to change the default behaviour of the fullscreen/maximize button?

There is a question that deals with the different behaviour of the fullscreen button in the window bar. There, it is shown that by doing: ⌥ + ⇧ + Click on green or outer right icon (plus icon) I can ...
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Can I change some but not all Apple keyboard function keys (dim vs F1, bright vs F2)?

I want to override F1 and F2 behavior, since I have external display and Mac can't control display's brightness. The rest of the keys should retain their non Fx I know about "Use all F1-F12 keys as ...
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Different key-maps/bindings for in-built keyboard and Bluetooth keyboard

I oft have to use a Windows keyboard with my Macbook. I have two different profiles in Karabiner, but I don't want to have to keep switching between them. How can I have different profiles apply to ...
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How to show or hide Keyboard Viewer with a keyboard shortcut?

I would like to display and hide the Keyboard Viewer using a shortcut. Is there a way to display the Keyboard Viewer via a keyboard shortcut? Is there a way to automatically display the Keyboard ...
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Simulate INSERT key in Mac OS X

Long story short, I am using Citrix to remote into my PC at work, and several applications require the use of the INSERT key, which, as everyone knows, Apple chose to eliminate from their keyboards. I'...
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Why can I not set Safari keyboard shortcuts? Conflicts with secondary, unlisted Back/Forward commands

I use ⌘← and ⌘→ to move between tabs. I want to transfer this setting to Safari. The default Safari keyboard shortcuts shown in the menu bar list ⌘[ and ⌘] for Back/Forward: Despite those keyboard ...
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How to display the current mapping for keyboard shortcuts in realtime?

Is there an app / script which will listen for keyboard events and display the action that is triggered? I use Better Touch Tool, and want to run a script on Cmd+F1 but I got the message: The key ...
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How to prevent Command-I/Command-Shift-I from opening Mac Mail when in browser?

When in a browser (Chrome or Safari), the following keyboard shortcut will always bring up a window that says "Welcome To Mail": Command+Shift+I I would like to use this shortcut for another purpose....
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How can I remap Caps lock to both Escape and Control?

I generally run Linux. I use Vim a lot, so the Escape key is extremely important. I also use other keyboard shortcuts a lot, so Control is "key" as well. On Linux, I've solved this by using xcape to ...
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Keyboard shortcuts with a single key?

Some apps (e.g. Tweetbot) have single-key keyboard shortcuts. However, when trying to set shortcuts in System Preferences, we’re not allowed to do the same. Is there a user-facing way of achieving ...
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Key remapping without Karabiner

Through "System preferences -> Keyboard -> Modifier Keys" I had setup: Caps Lock as Ctl. Then, I installed the new Karabiner (formerly KeyRemapForMacBook) to achieve the following key-remap: Left ...
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How can I remap the volume buttons for custom use?

First of all, I only want to disable the standard volume buttons - I do not want to disable the buttons to change brightness, launchpad... I need this because I want those buttons to trigger scripts ...
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Triggers on specifc applications in Keyboard Maestro

How can I tell Keyboard Maestro to only enable a given trigger (e.g. a hot key) when a specific application is active? For example, I would like a specific macro/hotkey that pastes without formatting ...
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Keyboard shortcut flashes my display

If I press the keyboard shorcut Cmd-Opt-Shft-Ctrl-W from any app it seems to flash my entire display. I believe this started with Catalaina but I could be wrong. I thought at first it was Keyboard ...
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Use caps-lock to lock fn key or other way to lock fn key?

What I want to achieve is simple: caps lock on = fn locked (use function keys). caps lock off = fn unlock (use media keys). I found a couple of topics around this problem, but their solutions didn't ...
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Mapping USB keyboard Fn key to Option key with DefaultKeyBinding.dict

I have this usb keyboard and macOS 10.14.6. : I'm using the file DefaultKeyBinding.dict to remap several keys on a MacBook Pro. Is there a way to specify that my right Fn key has to be bound to the ...
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Can home and end keys be mapped when using Terminal?

The Home and End keys on a MacBook Pro can be emulated with Fn + ← or fFn + →. Or when certain settings are changed, with the ⌘ Command key instead of Fn. None of these works in Terminal. As I ...
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iterm - what's the key-combo to switch panes?

I've learned how to split my terminal windows with apple-d and apple-shift-d. Its very useful. How do I then switch between the two panes (see below) using the keyboard? I know I can use the mouse ...
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Creating physical escape key on new MacBook Pro with TouchBar by altering .keylayout for § key

The UK keyboard layouts for the TouchBar MacBook Pro's have a pretty useless §/± key at the top left that would be a perfect to use as a physical escape key (see this image). macOS has a keyboard ...
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How to quit without saving using just the keyboard?

When I quit an application (e.g., Excel) with Command-Q, a dialog box pops up, asking me to select between don't save, cancel and save. I can hit Enter to select save, or I can navigate the mouse to ...
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How can I remap keys on an external keyboard, but keep the default layout on the internal?

I have an external keyboard with Windows keys. I'd like to remap the keys so the layout of the keys on the bottom-left is identical to the internal keyboard on my MacBook Pro. This... ...
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How can I make the enter key on my extended keyboard act as return only?

For some reason sometimes the numeric enter key acts as return and sometimes it doesn't. (I'm talking of the last key on the keyboard, the one with the "k" symbol tilted towards left.) I'd like to be ...
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How can I use the fn key as a standalone key on my Mac?

I want to use the fn key on my keyboard as a trigger for an AppleScript (.scpt file) via FastScripts. The reason that I want to do this is because the fn key is occupying coveted real estate on the ...
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Mountain Lion: Use standard keyboard function keys, F1, F2, etc.?

I'm having issues with Mountain lion in which I am unable to use my non-Apple keyboard's function keys, i.e. F1, F2 etc. Upon firing up System Preferences ➤ Keyboard, this is what I'm greeted with. ...
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How to navigate spaces in a dual monitor setup?

I have multiple spaces setup and can navigate them via ctrl and the arrow keys left and right on the current active monitor. Now I want to change to a space that sits on the other monitor. How do I ...
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I need to disable my main keyboard as one letter is not working and it's out of warranty

This is my current setup: 1 year warranty expired. 90 days warranty warranty expired too. Using external keyboard on top of the internal keyboard for now. I need to disable the built-in one, because ...
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Remap SHIFT + SPACE to underscore?

I'd like to remap the shift key (⇧) + space (␣) to underscore (_) I'd prefer to not have to install any third party tools if possible. Similar question for windows
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Emacs key bindings on other programs

I am a heavy Emacs user and would love to have some of my Emacs keyboard bindings when editing text on other apps. I understand I could program these macros with Keyboard Maestro manually, but I was ...
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How to disable `Microsoft Outlook`'s keybindings in macOS

I am using Microsoft Outlook in macOS. Is it possible to disable its keybindings such as command-a for select all, since I am using that binding for something else. Basically, I just want Microsoft ...
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How to bind a key to press two separate keys

In other words, if I press "x", it registers as me pressing "a" and "b" sequentially. I run Mac OSX Yosemite 10.10.5. A Karabiner solution eludes me, thus I am researching more.
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Remap CapsLock to Delete on Sierra

Hi I've just got my MacBook Pro 2016 running 10.12.3 and I'm in a bit of a pickle... I can't seem to find a way to remap my CapsLock to Delete. I've tried using Seil, Ukelele and some other software,...
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Can't swap Caps Lock and Esc keys using Seil

I'm using Seil to remap the Caps Lock button. Following by instruction I've deactivated Caps Lock by setting it to ‘No Action’ in System Preferences → Keyboard → Modifier Keys. Then went to Seil's ‘...
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Use all F1, F2, etc. keys as standard function keys not working

I have a MacBook Pro with touchbar and macOS 10.14.1 I'm using a non apple docking station to which I plugged in an LMP keyboard (Model KB-1243) via USB. Now I want to use the function keys in ...
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Xcode: debug step into key conflict (F7)

I'm trying to debug using Xcode and how can I use Step Into (F7 key) with an external keyboard (not available FN key)? If I click F7 iTunes restart current song... Any clue?
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Cannot differentiate between LEFT ⌘ (0x37) and RIGHT ⌘ (0x36) keys

I would like to swap the right-⌘ key with the right-⌥ key. KeyRemap4MacBook's EventViewer shows that Alt Gr key acts as the left-⌘ (Command_L in EventViewer), whereas I'd like to be the right-⌘ (...
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How to remap 'Shift & Up/Down arrow keys' to type actual up & down arrows?

I do a lot of typing in Evernote and I really need an 'up arrow' and 'down arrow' instead of typing 'increasing' or 'decreasing'... Ideally pressing Shift and 'Up arrow' would be the best way to get ...
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Function key does not get passed on to Windows in Amazon WorkSpaces

I am using MacBook Pro 2019 with Touch Bar and macOS Catalina 10.15.3. I have installed Amazon WorkSpaces 3.0.4 which I use to connect to Windows. My Function keys are not getting passed on to my ...
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Can I use Karabiner-Element or any other apps/workarounds to swap colon and semicolon in Sierra?

Until OS X El Capitan, I used Karabiner to swap the colon with the semicolon. However, at least until now, the Karabiner Element doesn't support a key swap where both of keys are based on the same ...
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How to change a key combination without using Karabiner?

I have used Karabiner to change a key combination but the problem is, it doesn't work exactly as I want. For example, using Karabiner, I have mapped alt← to cmd← and vice versa. But what Karabiner ...
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How do I remap WASD to arrow keys?

OK so, I saw this answer on another thread about how to remap keys: Apple's Technical Note TN2450 describes how to remap keys. Running the following command will remap Right Alt to be Right ...
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How can I change a command and cursor key bindings globally?

I want to assign "Go to previous word" command to cmd← and "Go to beginning of the line" command to alt←. In short, I want to switch the actions of cmd← and alt←. Similarly for cmd→ and alt→ as well. ...
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App Keyboard Shortcuts Display Bug?

I'm encountering what appears to be a bug in the display of  > System Preferences > Keyboard: Shortcuts - App Shortcuts. The shortcuts are functional, but as you can see, their names randomly ...
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Modifier keys settings does not work on login screen

I am using a PC keyboard and have to switch the Win (⌘ Cmd key) and the Alt (Opt key) for this to feel like a proper Apple keyboard. I have this remapped via System Preferences for my user account ...
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How to deal with non-working key on the keyboard?

I've problem with my Macbook Pro (with El Captain installed on it) where one of the keys (such as r) doesn't work at all, so each time when I'm typing a word with "r", I've to keep pasting it from the ...
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single key keyboard shortcut run-or-raise applications

I just came from linux world (xfce4), where my keyboard workflow consisted of mapping F9 to terminal app f10 to firefox f11 to emacs Upon pressing, the corresponding app would a) get focused (...
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Quick combination or text replacement for typing schwa

I would like to configure a simple key combination to type a schwa (ǝ). I configured text replacement for the å character, but it won't work if it's inside a word i.e. "å" gets replaced ...
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Disable power button on 2015 MBP

Me and my friends like having a laugh together and as part of that we turn each other computers off and spam tabs till the computer crashes. Is thee a way how to disable the power button on my MBP ...
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How can I remap the right mouse button to the left mouse button?

My googling abilities have failed me and I can't figure out how to remap the mouse buttons. My 3 year old niece is having trouble using the mouse on the computer because she is right clicking by ...
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Changing Adaptive Undo Shortcut in System Preferences

I am aware that one can go to System Preferences -> Keyboard -> Shortcuts, and easily change any menu bar shortcut, like Undo, for all applications. This used to work great for me! However this no ...