Computer users who have used Windows operating system for a significant amount of time before making the switch to Mac need some time to get familiar with OS X.
While OS X’s user interface is clean and pretty easy-to-use just like Windows OS, the problem is that most of the function buttons are located at places that we Windows users aren’t familiar with. Take, for example, the close, minimize and maximize buttons appear on the upper-left corner of a window, whereas in Windows they appear on the upper-right side.
Windows users who are used to moving the mouse cursor to the upper-right of a window to access the close button need to get used the new placement after switching to the Mac.
Users who often use keyboard shortcuts to perform common tasks need to unlearn PC keyboard shortcuts first before memorizing Mac keyboard shortcuts. As you likely know, on a Mac keyboard, Option and Command keys are present where Windows and Alt keys on a standard Windows keyboard. Even though the Control (Ctrl) key is very much present it can’t be used like in Windows. For instance, we can’t use Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V keys to perform copy and paste operations.
Since most PC users are used to Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V hotkeys, many find it difficult to unlearn those keyboard shortcuts while using a Mac, especially when going back and forth between Windows and Mac.
Luckily, there is an option in all recent versions of OS X operating system to swap Control and Command keys, allowing users to use many Windows OS keyboard shortcuts in Mac as well. After swapping Control and Command keys, you’ll be able to use Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V, Ctrl+T, Ctrl+S and many other keyboard shortcuts.
If you love the idea of swapping Control and Command keys on a Mac to get Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V in Mac, please follow the given below instructions.
NOTE: After swapping Ctrl and Command keys, the Ctrl key will function as Command key.
Swap Command and Control keys
Step 1: Open System Preferences by clicking System Preferences icon in the dock. You could also launch System Preferences dialog by clicking the Launchpad icon in the dock and then clicking System Properties icon. Typing System Preferences in the Spotlight search box is another option to open System preferences.
Step 2: In the System Preferences dialog, click the icon labelled Keyboard to open Keyboard settings.
Step 3: Here, under Keyboard tab, click Modifier Keys button.
Step 4: Expand the drop-down menu next to the Control key and select Command. Likewise, expand the drop-down menu next to the Command key and select Control key.
Click OK button. That’s all!