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
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    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
  • Another downside... Command+Arrow buttons will swap based on application, not globally... Best solution is really to do a hardware swap. – Ray Foss Sep 18 '18 at 21:18

You can switch the modifier key associations in System Preferences » Keyboard » Keyboard » Modifier Keys…:

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    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
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    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
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    @DanielBeck you think this is "lengthy"? it took 30 seconds... – Radu Simionescu Mar 24 '14 at 6:40
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    It's even more of a pain for users switching between OS on multiple machines regularly. My dual-booted mac uses the exact same keyboard. It's a productivity killer to be pressing the wrong shortcuts all the time. – MichaelChirico Nov 10 '17 at 2:59
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    @DanielBeck: I strongly doubt that the main motivation for switching the keys is to be able to use control instead of command. IMHO the reason for doing this is to 'reposition' the command key on the very bottom left, so as to be able to use if without looking at the keyboard. I will never understand this key placement from Apple's perspective, as I think many users never use the control key at all. I once had a Lenovo laptop where the Fn key was on the bottom left instead of the Ctrl, and it drove me nuts until I found a way to switch. No one would ever place Esc anywhere but top left. – Maxi Mus May 26 '20 at 2:34

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.

  • KeyRemap4MacBook is the best because it takes care of double switching. – Yada Oct 27 '11 at 4:25

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