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13. Hardware > 118. Remap Your Keyboard

Remap Your Keyboard

Create your own personalized, ultimate keyboard by remapping its keys to the way you want them to work.

Personal keyboard preferences are idiosyncratic; even a minor matter such as where the Alt or Ctrl keys should be located can inspire fevered debate. So, if you have personal preferences about where keys should be located, you can remap your keyboard to your own tastes using the TradeKeys utility from PC Magazine. It lets you map any key to any other key, including extended keys such as Right-Ctrl, Right-Alt, and the Windows logo key.

I find the utility particularly useful when I use one of my two laptops. Laptop keyboards are notoriously nonstandard, and I find the layout of my Dell Inspiron particularly maddening. Take the Windows key, for example. Instead of being located on the lower-left part of the keyboard, where Nature intended it to be, it’s hidden away on the upper right. Similarly, the Menu key, instead of being on the lower-right where all good Menu keys should be found, is tucked away up on the right. So, I use TradeKeys to remap my Left-Alt key to be a Windows key and my Right-Ctrl key to be a Menu key. True, it leaves me with only one Alt key and one Ctrl key, but that’s a small price to pay to get the Windows and Menu keys in their proper places.


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