Are one or more keys missing on the keyboard? Your keyboard would still be usable if that key was either the one you almost never used, or the one that can still register a keystroke without the plastic key. But what if you don't like working like this? Or the worst case scenario: was it a key you used a lot, like the space bar? Either way, you have two options. Firstly, you can purchase a new keyboard and, secondly, you can remap the existing keyboard. If you are not willing to spend some money and want to move on to the second option, here's how to remap the keyboard in Windows 10:
Note: i tried these tools on my computer with windows 10 pro and they worked perfectly. However, these tools should work on previous versions of Windows, such as Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 etc.
Remap the keyboard in Windows 10 using third-party tools
While Windows allows you to remap your keyboard keys with some registry changes, SharpKeys (free) is an open-source tool that gives you the complex look. One time downloaded the tool, follow the steps below to find out how to remap one key with another:
- On the SharpKeys main screen, click "Add".
- This will open a key mapping window. Here, from the left panel, select the key you want to perform other actions . And from the right panel, select the key whose function you want to perform . You can also click on "Key type" available at the bottom of both panels, then touch the desired key to make that selection. Once you've made your selection, click "OK" to continue. On my computer, I wanted to disable the scroll lock, so I selected "Special: scroll lock" from the left pane and "Disable key" from the right.
- When you return to the main screen of the tool, you should now see the voice of the remapping you want to do. To finalize this, click on "Write in the register".
Now when you restart your computer, the keyboard should be remapped. In case you want to cancel the operation, delete the entry from the tool and click "Write in the register" again.
Reassign keyboard keys in Windows 10 using Other Tools
While the above method is one of the easiest and most popular, it is not the only one that gets the job done. If you are looking for other tools to reassign keyboard keys in Windows 10, here are others:
KeyTweak a tool that offers multiple ways – three, to be precise – to remap a key. The first one is using the virtual keyboard. This method allows you to choose a key you want to map and then select the key, from a drop-down menu, to which you want to map it. The second way, Half Teach mode, works very similarly. The third (and last) mode is the Full Teach mode. It allows us to press both to and from to map the keys. Using this tool can be a little confusing as it uses scan codes instead of the usual characters.
2. Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator
This tool may not look exactly like those on this list, but it allows you to to define from scratch i your keyboard layouts . And, if you want, you can also define one based on an existing layout. It can come in handy if you're trying to define a keyboard layout for a language that Microsoft doesn't yet support. The tool has a virtual keyboard that allows you to click to assign any key. The only drawback of using this can't define keys like Return, Ctrl, Alt and Tab.
AutoHotkey has a different approach to remap keys. Instead of standard registry tweaking, it lets you create scripts that you can do. One of the main advantages that you get with this tool is the ability to export scripts as executable files. Although this does not have an interface as such, the steps for creating and running the scripts can be easily found in the tool's tutorial.
Remap the keyboard in Windows 10 easily with these tools
A few missing keys on the keyboard shouldn't be allowed to stop in your tracks. With the help of the above tools, you can easily remap your keyboard in Windows 10 as you wish. In fact, you can do much more than just keyboard mapping. So which tool did you use? I'd like to know in the comments section below.