[EN] macOS keyboard shortcuts in KDE Linux

Martin Kaše
2 min readApr 12, 2020


This guide only applies to the KDE desktop environment.

In System, Settings navigate to “Hardware — Input Devices” and open “Keyboard” and then “Advanced” tab.

Here look for “Ctrl position” and check “Swap Left Alt with Left Ctrl.” This allows us to have necessary actions like Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V, and CTRL+W on the Alt button as in macOS with a non-Apple keyboard.

You can alternatively use “Swap Left Win with Left Ctrl” if you want to use the Win key.

Most shortcuts now work. The same is in macOS. We need to add a few of them by our self in Shortcuts Settings.

Go to System Settings and open “Workspace — Shortcuts” -> “Global Shortcuts” -> “KWin.” Here we need to set up a few shortcuts (don’t forget that keys are now switched. Use you macOS style shortcuts):

  • Ctrl+Tab -> “Switch applications”
  • Ctrl+Q -> “Close Window”
  • Ctrl+Space -> “Application Menu”

Swap Win button for Ctrl if you selected “Swap Left Win with Left Ctrl.”

And that’s all, and you can add your shortcuts if you miss any same way as we did. I hope it helps.



Martin Kaše

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