How to Bind Keys to Different Keys on Your Keyboard
By John Ruiz
A keyboard with broken keys can significantly affect your business productivity. Windows features an onscreen keyboard so you can still enter any characters bound to broken keys but it can be time consuming if you have a lot to type. If you have any functional and unused keys on your keyboard, you can bind those unused keys to other keys so you can continue working while you wait for a keyboard replacement.
Download MapKeyboard from the InchWest website (link in Resource) and save the file to your desktop. Double-click the "mapkeyboard" ZIP file and open the "Mapkeyboard" folder inside. Double-click "MapKeyboard.exe" and click "Run" to run the application.
Click on a key you wish to remap. Click the drop-down box on the bottom of the MapKeyboard window and select the key you wish to be used as a replacement. Repeat this step if you want to remap other keys.
Click "Save layout" on the bottom right of the MapKeyboard window. Click the "Yes" button to log out of Windows. Log back into your Windows account for the changes to take effect.
Go to the SharpKeys page in the RandyRants website (link in Resource) and click the "MSI" link next to "SharpKeys 3.5" to download the SharpKeys installer. Save the SharpKeys installer to your desktop and launch the installer right after the file is downloaded.
Click the "Next" button three times install the application. Click the "Close" button to exit the installer.
Click the Start button and type "SharpKeys" in the search box. Click "SharpKeys" to launch the program, and then click the "OK" button when the dialog appears to see the main window. Click the "Add" button to bring up the "Add New Key Mapping" dialog.
Click the "Type Key" button on the left side to see the "Type Key" dialog, and then press the key on your keyboard that you wish to remap. Click the "OK" button to close the dialog. On the right list box, locate the key or function you wish to remap the selected key from the left list box to. Click the "OK" button save the new key.
Click the "Write to Registry" button and restart your computer to apply the changes.
Go to Travis Krumsick's website (link in Resources) and click "KeyTweak_install.exe" to download the KeyTweak installer. Save the installer in your desktop and double-click the application after the download finishes.
Read the KeyTweak license agreement and click the "I agree" button. Click the "Install" button to install the application. Click the "Close" button to finish the installation.
Click the Start button and type "KeyTweak" in the search box. Click "KeyTweak" to launch the program.
Click on a key on the keyboard visual to see what the key is mapped to below and click the "Choose New Remapping" drop-down box and select a key you wish to remap the selected key to. Click the "Remap Key" button next to the drop-down box. Remap any other keys you like using this step.
Click the "Apply" button to save the configuration. Click the "Yes" button to restart your computer to apply the changes.
John Ruiz began his writing career in 2008 as a freelancer writing for eHow and various technology, software and hardware blogs. He has been designing websites since 2002. Ruiz earned a Bachelor of Science in information technology and web design from AMA Computer University.