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I have Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 in Portuguese and honestly, after over 13 years using computers, I still bang my head into the wall with the default shortcuts.

Just to showcase the madness:

Every program uses Ctrl+A to select everything. The Portuguese version uses Ctrl+T. The shortcut Ctrl+T is used to open a new tab, but Portuguese IE uses Ctrl+S. Normally programs use Ctrl+S to save, while the default on Portuguese is Ctrl+G.

I'm honestly tired of this and it really hurts usability especially on Windows Explorer. Is there any way to put decent shortcuts into those programs?

  • Shortcuts are localized as well depending on the Portuguese words used. You can possibly create a massive AutoHotkey script that has program-specific overrides, but honestly if you feel more comfortable with the English version's shortcuts then that's the version you'll have to stick to. – Karan May 4 '15 at 19:08
  • @Karan Actually, I don't feel confortable with the English version. But the shortcuts are really important. I know they derivate from language to language, but this is pure madness! If I mistakenly press the wrong shortcut in the wrong window, I will lose a lot of work. – Ismael Miguel May 4 '15 at 19:10
  • Well unfortunately for you you're comfortable with the English shortcuts but not the language version itself. I'm sure other Portuguese users appreciate the Portuguese shortcuts. I don't know of any acceptable workaround but let's see, perhaps someone else does. – Karan May 4 '15 at 19:50
  • @Karan I highly doubt it. Every client I've worked with also complains about the shortcuts. Probably the only way is re-compiling Windows itself. – Ismael Miguel May 4 '15 at 19:58
  • For this very reason I have come to REFUSE to use anything but English-language installations of any software. Another HORRIBBLE example is the translation of function names in Excel and localization of function PARAMETERS; e.g. for Swedish =TEXT(date,"ÅÅÅÅ-MM-DD") replaces the English version TEXT(date,"YYYY-MM-DD"), the English CONCATENATE() is SAMMANFOGA() and so on. – Hannu May 4 '15 at 20:04
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For all I know the key shortcuts depend on your keyboard layout. What you need to do is create your own keyboard layout.

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    I doubt that this is going to work. But I will take a look. I can't really test it right now, since I'm at work. – Ismael Miguel May 5 '15 at 8:29
  • @IsmaelMiguel I'm not so sure either since I only have Linux machines and can't test it myself. Give it a try and report back – farosch May 5 '15 at 8:31
  • I will, but only after 1PM UTC+00:00. – Ismael Miguel May 5 '15 at 9:13

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