Do you want to use a different keyboard key to perform a particular task in Windows 1
The secret is PowerToys
In the past, remapping keys in Windows 10 required a hard-to-use third-party program. Today, Microsoft makes it easy with PowerToys, a free utility that can be downloaded online. With PowerToys, you can make any key on your keyboard work like any other key – and even remap shortcuts.
If you haven’t installed PowerToys yet, download it for free from Github. After installing it, launch PowerToys Settings and click on “Keyboard Manager” in the sidebar. In the ‘Keyboard Manager’ settings, click on ‘Reassign a key’.
When the “Reassign Keyboard” window appears, click the Plus (“+”) button to add a new key assignment.
Then you must define which key you want to reassign (in the “Key:” column) and which key or shortcut you want it to work (in the “Assigned to:” column).
First, select the key you want to reassign from the “To:” column by clicking the “Type” button and pressing the key on your keyboard, or by selecting it from the list in the drop-down menu. For example, we choose Scroll Lock here, because it often goes unused.
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Then select the key or keyboard shortcut you want to perform in the “Assigned To” column. For a single key, you can choose it from the drop-down menu or click the “Type” button and then press your keyboard.
To use a keyboard shortcut, press the “Type” button and then the combination on your keyboard. For example, here we typed “Ctrl + C” for the standard Windows shortcut “Copy”.
After you have defined the columns ‘Key:’ and ‘Assigned to:’, click ‘OK’.
If you see a warning that one key has not been assigned, click “Continue Anyway.” This means that you cannot access the original function of the key you just reassigned.
(In our example, there is no way to use Scroll Lock unless you reassign another key to perform the original Scroll Lock function).
Then you will see the resulting assignment listed in the “Keyboard Manager” settings. That means your custom assignment has been saved and is now active.
If you want to add more assignments, click “Reassign a key” again. Once done, completely close PowerToys settings and your reassigned key (or keys) will remain in effect. Use them as much as you want. You can always go back and adjust your assignments later if needed.
How to delete the new key assignment
Later, if you want to remove the custom assignment you created, restart Power Toys Settings, then click “Keyboard Manager” and “Remap a key” again. In the list of assignments, click the trash can icon next to the assignment you want to delete.
The mapping is deleted. Then click “OK” to close the window. Then you can shut down PowerToys completely or create a new mapping using the guide above. Lots of fun!
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