How do I remap ⌘⌫ to just delete in Finder in order to move items to the Trash?

And no, "that is just the way Apple works" and "This is to prevent you making mistakes" are not valid answers.

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    It's actually Command-Backspace. Which do you want? Delete or Backspace?
    – Daniel Beck
    Jul 5, 2011 at 12:19
  • Ah, backspace it is.
    – RickyA
    Jul 5, 2011 at 12:22
  • +1 for the comment at the end - this site is plagued with people with such attitudes Sep 3, 2016 at 22:25

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There are two options that both might break Finder.

  1. You can try to adapt this solution to map Spacebar to fullscreen Quick Look, but you will have the same issue: Pressing backspace anywhere (e.g. renaming a file) will activate the menu item.

  2. You can remap the menu item similar to what I suggest here, entering \U007F as keyboard shortcut (see @Lri's answer). If the filename is part of the menu item label, this won't work. I believe menu items take precedence over text input (this could be a reason why almost no application uses "simple" shortcuts), which means you might have the same issue as with suggestion 1: breaking backspace for any alternate use.

Not on a Mac right now, so I can't test these suggestions myself. Will update the answer once I get the chance to.

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    Yes! Suggestion 2 works although it does break the del key when renaming files. command is: defaults write com.apple.finder NSUserKeyEquivalents -dict-add "Move to Trash" "\U007F"
    – RickyA
    Jul 5, 2011 at 13:11

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