I just installed Mathematica 10 on Windows 7 today. Everything works fine, except the shortcut Ctrl+V doesn't paste, it opens the "Find and Replace" dialog. I tried Ctrl+F, it also opens the "Find and Replace" dialog.

To make things clear, the wired thing is:

Ctrl-V -> "Find and Replace"
Ctrl-F -> "Find and Replace"

Do I need to set anything in order to let Ctrl+V behave normally? Or how to fix it?

  • $\begingroup$ Is this a bad installation? I've used version 10 on Windows before, and was able to copy and paste as I always have. $\endgroup$
    – Jason B.
    Jan 29 '15 at 14:28
  • $\begingroup$ Do you switch between different keyboards layouts? I think this is a known issue (see e.g. here) and unfortunately seems to persist even in 10.0.2, but if one knows the source one can at least try to avoid these changes... $\endgroup$ Jan 29 '15 at 14:51
  • $\begingroup$ Just a now about the comment above: I was confused and did make the test with the wrong version (10.0.1). I just tried the correct version (10.0.2) and there could not reproduce the problem, so there is no evidence that it still exists in 10.0.2 $\endgroup$ Jan 29 '15 at 16:46

All of the instances I have heard of this issue was pre 10.0.2. If you haven't already, you should update.

If this is happening in 10.0.2, you should contact tech support.


I've never tried this but probably you can change those keyboard shortcuts just editing the MenuSetup.tr. Copy the file:


and put it into:


There you can search the Paste and Find lines, and exchange their MenuKey:

MenuItem["Paste", FrontEnd`Paste[Automatic], MenuKey["v", Modifiers->{"Command"}]]

MenuItem["Find...", KernelExecute[If[CurrentValue["PluginEnabled"], FrontEndTokenExecute[InputNotebook[], "FindExpression"], FrontEnd`DialogOpen["Find.nb", True]]], MenuEvaluator -> "System", MenuKey["f", Modifiers->{"Command"}]]

As you are a Windows user, probably you will have to change Macintosh->Windows in the path. I guess then you will have to restart Mathematica, but as I told you, i've never tried it before.


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