Recently, I did a thing: I switched my heavyweight Windows PC for a docked 16-inch MacBook Pro. The hardest part of the transition, surprisingly, wasn’t the data transferring or assimilation to Apple’s bubblier operating system.
It was the fact that, for years, I had gotten so used to reaching over to the bottom-left corner of the keyboard for the Control key in order to select all (Ctrl+A,) copy (Ctrl+C,) paste (Ctrl+V,) and do all the other useful Windows-based shortcuts, that by the time I was presented with the MacBook’s repositioned Control key alternative, the Command key, my muscle memory was beginning to question itself.
So what if I told you you can remap the Apple keyboard so that the Globe key, which is situated where the Control key is typically found on a Windows layout, serves as the Command key instead? Here’s the lowdown.
(Even if you’ve always been a Mac user, and everything I just wrote meant nothing to you, you’ll still want to read this. There’s a good chance that the following remapping feature will benefit you just as much, too.)
How to remap the Globe key into the Command key
How this helps
From a Windows user perspective, being able to still access my usual keyboard shortcuts — and by usual I mean ones I use dozens of times a day — without searching for the right combination of keys increases my productivity. It’s also a more natural and effortless action to shift my pinky downward to press and hold the new Command key versus tucking my thumb underneath my hand to hit the old one.