πŸ’» Remap MacBook Pro (16") fn to command key

September 07, 2020 - 2 min read 🍡

Tags: productivity

I wanted to share this quick step by step on how to remap the MacBook Pro 16” (2019) fn key to act as the option key on MacOS (ctrl to windows). I have always been a PC user. Adjusting to the placement of the command key was difficult when I would try to do ctrl+c/v for copy and pasting.

You will need to download and install a free tool called Karabiner-Elements.

Step 1:

  • Download and install Karabiner-Elements
  • Open the tool and do the prompt to enable the Security & Privacy settings
  • Click on Apple Icon (top left) and hit System preferences...
  • Make sure the lock is unlocked and check mark both the karabiner_grabber and karabiner_observer

Make sure you allow both karabiner_grabber and karabiner_observer in Input Monitoring. step1

If you do not see the karabiner_grabber:

  • Right click the karabiner_observer

  • Click on the Show in Finder

  • Drag the karabiner_grabber from the folder into the list of App section if the Security & Privacy window and enable it. step2

Step 2:

Open the Karabiner-Elements and map as seen below fn to left_command by using add item.

step3

You will still be able to access the fn key functionality for your touch bar and will function as normal. Other shortcut commands like fn+c/v will function just like how you would expect when using ctrl on Windows, thus sacrificing close to nothing when you switch over with the shortcut commands between operating systems


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