Three Keyboard Shortcuts Left-Handers Can Actually Use

Three Keyboard Shortcuts Left-Handers Can Actually Use

Those who use a computer mouse with their left hand will be happy to know that common keyboard shortcuts like cut, copy and paste do have alternatives on the right side of the keyboard.

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Usually, to cut/copy/paste, you would use the Ctrl+X, Ctrl+C, and Ctrl+V shortcuts. But if you want to use your right hand on the keyboard, here are the alternatives:

  • Cut: Shift+Delete
  • Copy: Ctrl+Insert
  • Paste: Shift+Insert

These keyboard shortcuts will work on Windows, Gnome and KDE. These were the only shortcuts for southpaws I found on the web (another commonly suggested one was Alt+Backspace, but that doesn’t seem to work any more). If you know of any more right-handed alternatives to common keyboard shortcuts, share them below!

For my fellow southpaws: If you mouse with your left hand, there are copy and paste key combos for your right. [Reddit]


  • I Would be very careful about how you use shift->delete.
    If you are using it to cut files that is the shortcut to skip the recycle bin and permanently delete.

  • I am a rightie that roles with left handed mousing. These will be handy thanks!
    Agree that Shift+Del should be avoided.

  • I’m left handed and use the mouse in the right hand. Means I can still type with my preferred hand and write if I’m taking notes or anything.

    • Yeah, I’m a leftie who uses the mouse in the right hand. I find it weird that people use the mouse with the left hand. But then again I use both hands for a range of tasks, from bowling (and throwing in general) to wearing a watch.

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