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    Tips to remap keyboard keys in Windows 7

    Sometime you might to make some changes in the keyboard layout of your Windows 7 system. And for that there is no utility available in Windows directly. There are third party programs which make changes in Windows registry and do the things. But this is a risky process. Because that can create a error if not done properly. So it is always better to backup a copy first and then go ahead with making changes. Today in this short tips I am going to show you the way through which you can simply remap the keys of your keyboard. You can make things as per your need and then you can apply the settings. It is simple. But most of the options there are not easy to restore. That means changes might be permanent. But there is a fix for that. If you want to get your old keyboard layout back you have to check out the post below. Before that we will be checking out few easy steps of remapping the keyboard shortcuts in Windows 7.

    Important points:
    Before making any changes just do the below things. So that in case if there is any major problem you can restore your old settings back.
    • Click on Start and in the search box type regedit and hit enter. In Registry Editor go in File > Export. This is to create a simple backup of registry files.
    • Click on Start and in the search box type system restore. Create a restore point.
    • Remapping the keyboard keys will need changes to be done in the registry of Windows. So do this on your own risk.

    Steps to remap the keys of a keyboard in Windows 7:

    Method 1: Editing Windows Registry

    Windows Registry

    The first thing you can do is modify a registry key. You will have to start registry editor by typing regedit in the Start > Search box. In that locate the below path. And at the right you can find Keyboard layout. You can make changes in the value you are looking for. Always take a backup before doing.

    "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout"

    The first thing you can do is modify a registry key. You will have to start registry editor by typing regedit in the Start > Search box. In that locate the below path. And at the right you can find Keyboard layout. You can make changes in the value you are looking for. Always take a backup before doing.

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    Re: Tips to remap keyboard keys in Windows 7

    Method 2: Using Sharpkeys

    Sharpkeys

    The second method is to use a third party software like Sharpkeys. This tool will help you to modify the keyboard layout if you are not very sure of editing the registry files of Windows. Sharpkeys will make direct changes and will help you to get the kind of output you want. You have to click on Add and then click on Typekey. Like press Ctrl to identify the same. You can assign keys in this way.

    Method 3: Using Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator

    Microsoft Keyboard Layout

    Last method is to use Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator. This tool will allow you to create your keyboard from scratch. This is also quite simple and easy to use feature. The tool will let you to create a simple keyboard from scratch. You can use the existing keyboard layout modify it and create one of your own.

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