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I'm right handed, but I am switching the mouse to my left hand to give my right a rest. On PC keyboards ctrl ins and ctrl del work as copy and paste, is there an equivalent on the Mac?


I thought I was asking for key switching solutions, but that's not quite what I put in the title, and the suggestions to use the existing keys has made me think. The particular problem I'm having involves the holding of the mouse making my wrist slightly bent, and the regular action of raising my hand to move the mouse in a limited area has begun to make me feel it in the wrist, a warning sign.

Regular rests can't undo over 20 years of bending, so I shall stick with the hand change. But keeping the keys unchanged might force me to leave my hand near the keyboard and not on the mouse, which might reduce the time spent bent. I shall see how it goes.

I've chosen the answer closest to my chosen action. @Arjen, your comment was closer but I can't accept it.

Thanks all

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I'm not trying to be a pain, but: wouldn't using your left hand (for the normal Cmd-C and Cmd-V) actually give your hands/wrists much more rest than when keeping hold of the mouse at all times? – Arjan Dec 16 '10 at 15:55
(That is, by the way, the reason I like pen tablets so much. You really have to put down the pen to be able to type. Putting it down and picking it up makes my hand/wrist move much more than when using a mouse. Too bad I cannot easily use the pen in my other hand though.) – Arjan Dec 16 '10 at 16:16
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I'm a Windows and Mac user, and I'm left-handed. I rarely use my mouse and I use my left hand for copy and paste, irrespective of the OS or which hand I'm using to control the mouse. It took too many braincells to remember two ways to do the same thing on the keyboard.

As for resting, you should be doing that every 20 minutes. It's just common sense. Stand up, walk around, focus on things further away than your screen, etc.

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You could use PTH Pasteboard Pro and set up any hot key you want in its preference pane. I tested this by setting Control-Delete to paste.

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+1 for mapping Delete to Paste. Living on the edge! ;-) – Arjan Dec 16 '10 at 16:33
Thanks. My keyboard doesn't have Insert. – Mark Thalman Dec 16 '10 at 17:23

Remap Copy and Paste shortcuts on a Mac you just remap it to something else..

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