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is there any way to change the use of command key to control, somewhat globally in the system? for example instead of cmd+S, to use ctrl+S, but everywhere in the system

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If you're new to the Mac, I recommend against trying to make the Mac like Windows or Linux or whatever you were coming from. Make yourself do it the Mac way and pretty soon your brain will automatically switch between platforms with ease. – Spiff Feb 26 '11 at 7:44
i'm actually using mac in vmware, i'm not a regular mac user and probably never will be – andrew Feb 26 '11 at 7:49
VMware Fusion has an option to re-map keys before they're sent to the VM. Maybe your VMware software has a similar option. We don't generally provide support for Mac OS X on non-Apple hardware though, since this violates Apple's end user license. – Daniel Beck Feb 26 '11 at 7:52
I'm a long-time Mac user, but I used this tip to configure my Windows keyboard to be more Mac-like. Thanks! – Gaurav Jan 8 '13 at 14:57
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You can switch the modifier key associations in System Preferences » Keyboard » Keyboard » Modifier Keys…:

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While this might be useful in the short term or when you're only rarely using a Mac, you're better off learning how to use it as intended. This will enable you to switch Macs without lengthy reconfiguration, and you won't get it to work exactly like Windows or Linux anyway -- the little differences will probably just annoy you, eating up your time as you look for solutions. – Daniel Beck Feb 26 '11 at 7:50
Perhaps you are right, but then again every other OS is using ctrl+c,v,s to copy/paste/save. It would be nice to have at least those work on OS X. – xsaero00 May 10 '12 at 16:17
On a proper Mac, I'd keep the default settings. But if you are using a Hackintosh (or just a windows style keyboard), the symbols on the keyboard are pretty confusing. It works wonders to usability to swap command and ctrl there. – jdm May 11 '12 at 9:03
yep, and some keyboards have very awkwardly placed windows keys, so ctrl remapping is really a must. As jdm said, the assertion that you shouldn't do this only applies to bona-fide mac accessory setup. – bcr Aug 22 '12 at 18:45
@DanielBeck you think this is "lengthy"? it took 30 seconds... – Radu Simionescu Mar 24 '14 at 6:40

KeyRemap4MacBook can be used for more tweaks like this. Also see TextMate Blog » Key bindings for switchers for changing the behavior of page up, page down, home and end.

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thanks, i'll try it too – andrew Feb 27 '11 at 7:54
KeyRemap4MacBook is the best because it takes care of double switching. – Yada Oct 27 '11 at 4:25

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