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Change your primary modifier key

Contributed by: Scot Hacker
This tip is valid for: Both BeOS and Haiku

If you’re migrating to BeOS from Windows and just can’t get used to the fact that Alt is used as the primary modifier key rather than Ctrl, use the Menu preferences panel to swap the role of these two keys. The change will occur immediately, no reboot required. Note that you’ll now have to use Alt+C to stop a running job in Terminal. You’ll also have to make the mental translation between these two keys any time you’re reading BeOS-related documentation.

Personally, I don’t think it takes that much effort to get used to using Alt rather than Ctrl. Your muscle memory will stumble a few times in the first few weeks, but after you grow accustomed to it, it will really make sense to use the default BeOS configuration. I strongly advise living with it for a while before swapping modifier keys.

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