Sometimes there is a key on your keyboard that just doesn’t do what you want it to. Unfortunately you can’t configure what each key does without the help of an external application. Thank goodness that the program needed to change the settings is free and really easy to use.
To remap keys on your keyboard just download the free KeyTweak application and go through the short installation process. After that is done you will be able to configure almost any key. On the right-side you’ll even notice some of the special keys that your keyboard may have for doing things like controlling your media player or web browser. After you have altered the keys you can click the Apply button in the bottom right corner to commit the changes. It’s that easy.
Why would you ever want to change the keys on your keyboard? One reason I used it was because my PC had a problem with a keyboard I was trying to plug in using a PS/2 to USB adapter. It would somehow get confused anytime that I had the NumLock enabled and whenever I pressed an arrow key it would perform a Print Screen. The arrows still worked fine so it was pretty bizarre but it would always do a Print Screen before performing the arrow operation. It quickly got annoying because I couldn’t use the arrow keys after I copied some text. Otherwise it would erase my clipboard and place the screenshot in its place. Not only that but I also noticed a huge performance decrease if I tried holding down the arrows to do something. KeyTweak saved the day because it let me disable the Print Screen key…and then I no longer had the problem.
I have since replaced that keyboard so I don’t have to worry about that problem anymore, but KeyTweak sure helped out. Another instance that I can think of where it would be useful is if your keyboard doesn’t have a “Windows” key. You could then replace one of the Alt or Ctrl keys to be mapped to a Windows key. One thing KeyTweak doesn’t do, however, is assign multiple keystrokes to a single key.
KeyTweak uses the Windows Registry to make the alterations so you don’t have to keep the program running in order for the changes to be active. If you screw something up or don’t need the changes just use the Restore All Defaults button to reset your keyboard back to the way it was. It is practically dummy-proof so you don’t really have much to worry about!