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How to survive the broken cmd button of the Mac

Suddenly the keyCommand and the key0of my MacBook Pro have stopped working. Obviously the laptop out of warranty and at an Apple center asked me for 450 to replace the entire keyboard lock. A real madness! I tried to rely on several repair centers that promised lower costs, but even when the keyboard was changed entirely, the problem was not solved. A pity, also because we are talking about a 2015 MacBook Pro that still does its job very well. In this case, how to survive the broken cmd key of the Mac?

As all Mac owners know, the buttonCommand essential to perform many operations inMacOS. the control center for those who use keyboard shortcuts to speed up their work and more. For example, essential for starting the Mac in recovery mode (you have to hold down the keys cmd +R when booting up your Mac) or to reset the MacPRAMor NVRAM(you have to hold down the keys cmd+ options+ P + R when booting up your Mac). Inside the operating system, the keyCommand used to perform some basic operations such as copying (cmd + C) and paste (cmd + V), closing applications (cmd + Q), the rapid opening of spotlight (cmd + space) and so on.

So how to survive if the most important button on the Mac doesn't work? I have often repeated this question in my head in the last few days and have finally managed to give an answer. In this article I would like to share with you how I managed to overcome the key breakcmd of mineMacBook Pro and use it without problems. If you have the same problem, I hope my solutions can help you.

How to survive the broken cmd button of the Mac

Using an external keyboard

The first advice I give you the most trivial. Use an external keyboard to be connected via bluetooth, or via USB port. Being a makeshift solution, I opted for an economic keyboard that I purchased on Amazon. Prolonged typing is not very comfortable and in the long run it gets tired hands, as you have to push hard on the keys. But for sporadic use I think it will be fine.

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If you write a lot and you need a more comfortable keyboard, the choice could fall either on an official Apple keyboard (the Magic Keyboard sold at the price of 119) or on a more discreet Logitech Bluetooth keyboard.

Remap the Command button

As I said earlier, the purchase of an external keyboard is the most banal but inconvenient solution. In mobility I should always take an extra accessory with me and this goes against the principle of portability of the MacBook Pro. Therefore, I tried several alternative ways to find a satisfactory solution to my problem. In the end I decided to remap some keyboard keys to simulate pressing the keyCommand. I thought I could find many tools that would allow us to do this, but the search was harder than expected.

In the end I relied on the toolKarabiner, which can be downloaded for free from the developer's website. As the description of the program states, a powerful and stable tool to customize the macOS keyboard. After its installation, you need to start the toolKarabiner Elements. The interface offers several tabs. The one of our interest is the first:Simple Modifications. By clicking on the buttonAdd Itemwe can add a new command.

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Below the columnFrom key you need to select the key we want to remap, while below the columnTo key we must select which key the operating system must recognize. In my specific case both keys do not workCommand and the tasto0. So I decided to associate the key presshalt which is located to the right of the keyboard when the key is pressedCommand. For what concern button 0, this key was replaced by pressing the keyf10. At the beginning you need to exercise your muscle memory a little, after a while you take the hand with the new placement of the keys and everything becomes more natural. Waiting for a definitive solution to the problem I have with the keyboard, by taking advantage of this procedure I was able to remedy part of the problem.

I can finally rerun all the keyboard shortcuts that are so comfortable in macOS. This solution does not solve the problem of starting the Mac in recovery at power up. To find a solution to this problem you need to rely on an external keyboard connected via the Mac's USB port.

Alternative solutions

Obviously there are many other solutions to the problem of breaking some keyboard keys. Some may be more or less comfortable depending on which key no longer works on the Mac. For example, you can use a virtual keyboard for typing keys. To activate this function you must go toSystem Preferences ->Keyboardand enableShow keyboard and emoji viewers in the menu bar. On the top bar of the Mac a new icon will appear which if pressed will show a menu from which you must select the itemShow keyboard viewer. A keyboard appears that we can use to type in keys that do not work.

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Another solution I propose to you is to use the keyboard shortcuts. Through them we can assign the writing of a specific text to the typing of a text that we decide. For example, in my specific case I could have assigned the writing of the number0 when typing textzz. To create new abbreviations just go toSystem Preferences ->Keyboard, access the tabText and create new replacements.


I hope this article can help you solve your Mac keyboard problems. Certainly, the possible solutions are not limited to those listed on this page. Therefore I invite you to write in the comments how you solved your problem. It might come in handy for many people who, like us, have encountered problems with the keys on the Mac keyboard.

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