I use my mouse left-handed, which makes the default Cut/Copy/Paste hotkeys in Windows really akward to use. Is there any way I can change these - say to something like Control-m, comma, and period? That way, I could mouse with my left hand and use my right for the hotkey functions.


You can use AutoHotkey to assign the same function to another combo. The benefit is that the old ones will still work as well so if someone else uses your machine it wont throw them off:

  • I spent some time for how to do this, so I'll add it here hoping it helps someone... I also remapped the Windows Key + R and used the following: #r::run, explorer.exe Shell:::{2559a1f3-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0} – kroolk May 15 '15 at 20:58
  • for those who also don't know what AutoHotkey is: It is a 3rd party application and its homepage is: autohotkey.com – schlingel Oct 2 '18 at 8:59

You might be interested to learn that there are alternative hotkeys available:

  • Copy: Ctrl+Ins
  • Cut: Shift+Del
  • Paste: Shift+Ins

These hotkeys seem to have been derived from the IBM CUA. However, I don't know if they were specifically chosen for left-handed users.

  • And for the equiv of Ctrl+A you have Shift+PgDown though you'll have to hold it. – Evan Carroll May 24 '12 at 19:56
  • Hmm - those hotkeys seem to work (I had no idea), though they're not really what I'm after, as they're awkward to reach with my right hand. Good to know, though! – SqlRyan Oct 24 '12 at 22:28

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