For most programs on OS X (as well as emacs) Ctrl + B causes the text cursor to move back a character. Unfortunately, Stack Overflow's answer editor hijacks Ctrl + B and uses it for bolding text. This is, of course, a very understandable decision, but it breaks a standard UI convention for OS X users, which naturally leads to a number of mistakes and minor annoyances. For example, I added and removed **strong text** perhaps a dozen times while writing this bug report.

Is there any way you all can change Ctrl + B to Command + B for OS X users? In addition to fixing a usability problem, using Command will make the shortcut more in line with other OS X shortcuts. It'll also make answering/asking question a little less annoying.


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And thus they invented

Is it that hard to press an arrow?

I see your issue and I hear how it can be a problem, but can't you just press the back arrow?

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    I used to the back arrow all the time. Then after years of bending my wrist into a J shape hundreds of times day, I started getting wrist pains. I think created an AutoHotkeys script that moved the arrows to the home row and the pain went a way. I then bought a mac and my AutoHotkeys script didn't work anymore. Luckily osx support emac style navigation everywhere, which I now use everywhere and pain hasn't returned. So, why don't I use the back arrow? Because I don't like pain.
    – Xavi
    Dec 1, 2011 at 20:34
  • @Xavi NOTED. :-)
    – Naftali
    Dec 1, 2011 at 20:35
  • I don't have many karma points, but arrow keys breaks the typing flow and most importantly the above the reason of wrist pain. Apr 19, 2017 at 8:46

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