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Most of you will not be aware that Microsoft, since 1990s, had a very bad idea: in Italian-language products the "select all" shortcut is NOT CTRL+A

The chose the awkard keyboard shortcut CTRL+"digit 5 from the keypad"!!!! This is EXTREMELY annoying, as is NOT possible to do this with a single-hand! And then, of course, ALL of non-microsoft software is ctrl-a, so it is very frustrating And also, what to do with laptops? CTRL+FN+numpad+I? WEIRD!

my workaround is using english windows+italian MUI, but i would prefer a "real fix"

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up vote 2 down vote accepted

control and 5? The what?

#IfWinActive, [ms office window title goes here]

In the AutoHotKey scripting language would fix that :)

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unfortunately, in Office, Microsoft has remapped CTRL+E to CTRL+A, if i do a double remap it would work? Maybe the Italian localization team thought it was funny to remap lots of keyboard shortcuts. – Magnetic_dud Dec 6 '09 at 18:12
The syntax is [hotkey]::[result], ^ is control, ! is alt, + is shift, and # is the windows key. You should be able to remap whatever to whatever, hopefully! :) – Phoshi Dec 6 '09 at 18:18

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