How to remap your keyboard in OS X

by Ross McKillop on September 8, 2008

Mac

DoubleCommand a free OS X Preference Pane that allows you to remap (some of) the keys on your keyboard. It’s particularly useful if you’re using a Windows keyboard with your Mac.

From their feature list page:

  • Enter key acts as a Command key
  • Enter key acts as a Control key
  • Enter key acts as an Option key
  • Enter key acts as an fn key (partial support, cursor keys only)
  • Command key acts as an Option key
  • Command key acts as a Control key
  • Option key acts as a Command key
  • Control key acts as a Command key
  • Swaps Control key and Option key
  • Capslock key acts as a Control key
  • fn key acts as a Control key
  • Swaps numpad . with numpad shift+.
  • Shift + Delete acts as a Forward Delete
  • Disable Command and Option
  • PC style Home and End keys
  • Backslash (\) acts as a Forward Delete
  • Swap function key behavior on new ‘Books
  • Disable Capslock
  • Enter key acts as Forward Delete
  • Caps lock acts as delete
  • Though you can alter the behavior of some of the Modifier Keys (listed below) from the Keyboard & Mouse section of the System Preferences, DoubleCommand offers far more options.

    Apple Modifier Keys

    Command Key Symbol is the Command (or Apple) key located next to the space bar on both sides on most Mac keyboards.
    Option Key Symbol is the Option (or Alt) key located next to the Command keys on both sides on most Mac keyboards (only on the left side of MacBook and MacBook Pro keyboards)
    Control Key Symbol is the Control key located next to the Option keys on both sides on most Mac keyboards (only on the left side of MacBook and MacBook Pro keyboards)
    Shift Key Symbol is the Shift key located above the Control key on both sides on most Mac keyboards (above the Control key and arrow keys on MacBook and MacBook Pro keyboards)

    To make changes with DoubleCommand, download and install the program, then locate it in the Other section of your System Preferences.

    other section of the system preferences

    From here you can alter numerous keys.

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    Any entry that has an asterisk (*) next to it means there’s a tip you’ll want to review before setting that option. Hover your mouse above that entry to see the tooltip.

    doublecommand tooltip