Can KeyboardMaestro remap keyboard to mimic the old Wordstar diamond

I need some help. I am using MacOs High Sierra and want to remap my keyboard bindings to make editing easier.
I want to make the following bindings, which are based on the Windows Wordstar program of many years ago.
"^e" = "moveUp:";
"^x" = "moveDown:";
"^d" = "moveLeft:";
"^s" = "moveRight:";
"^f" = "moveWordRight:";
"^a" = "moveWordLeft:";
"^h" = "moveToBeginningOfLine:";
"^r" = "pageUp:";
"^c" = "pageDown:";
"^g" = "deleteForward:";
"^t" = "deleteWordForward:";
"^u" = "undo:";
"^v" = "paste:";
When I save this as DefaultKeyBinding.dict and restart my computer, nothing happens. The bindings do not work.
Can I do this in KeyboardMaestro, and if so, how?

Many thanks for help in advance
Don Spady

The quick answer is yes, Keyboard Maestro can do this,
but what app are you actually typing in?
This will give you some idea of what can be done
How to simulate multi-key, numeric keyboard command without a keyboard that has a numeric keypad?.
Assuming that you have not changed some of the OSX keyboard defaults, then see for a quick list

Here is an example


Finally put all these macros in a macro group of their own and make it only available in the "wordstar app" othewise you will have conflicts with other applications using the same key combinations.

I leave the notification action in until the macro is well proved.

Thanks, I will give it a try and let you know.


I have been able to do just what I want. I have the key commands that I need to do my job.
Thank you.

Good news to hear.
I use this keyboard mapping technique as I spilt liquid on my keyboard and some of the keys don't work so Keyboard Maestro lets me get round the problem. I also think OPT+BACK for forward delete is useful.I am also old enough to remember Wordstar. :slight_smile:

Thank you for that link!