How to remap keys on the keyboard with broken or missing buttons
The keyboard is a device that is particularly at risk in the process of work with computer. The keypad often suffers from the rampaging gamers, fans of the meals in front of a monitor or Sluts, not used to keep equipment clean and tidy. What could be simpler than replacing a damaged keyboard if we are talking about a desktop PC? Attachable keyboard – not the most expensive device, especially when you’re talking about simple models. Quite another thing is laptop keyboard. Laptop repair, subjected to mechanical impact or liquid spills may result in a serious amount of money. If after the excess with a laptop as a result have only a couple broken or missing buttons on the keyboard, though the device continues to function fully, we can safely talk about luck. After all, a broken or missing button, you can reassign and use them instead of the others who were not injured.
Below is a look at how to remap keys on the keyboard with broken or missing buttons on Windows devices. In this issue little free program MapKeyboard.
About the program MapKeyboard
MapKeyboard is a minimalistic portable utility designed to solve one particular problem – the system replacing one keyboard to the other. The program is also able to help when a broken right-hand button of the mouse. The latter can be remapped to selected keys of the keyboard.
MapKeyboard does not require the constant background work in Windows. The program works by making changes to the system registry. Once it starts does his work and doesn’t need any more activity. Run MapKeyboard is carried out only when you need a new key mapping or return the keyboard to its original state.
the program is completely free on the website of its developer.
From the official website MapKeyboard is downloaded in the archive. After unpacking the archive run the program as administrator.
See interface MapKeyboard in the form of a virtual keyboard.
How to remap missing or broken keys? First we need to define which keys will be reassigned to those that have dropped out or are not working. Since remapped keys will work as the keys are missing or broken, of course, necessary that the first was from the number of unused or rarely used. Such keys usually are Scroll Lock, Pause (Break), Insert, Home, End, Page Up and Page Down. Also reassign to you can donate keys, digital unit, along with the key it is activated Num Lock.
To find the optimal options for the replacement of keys, can proceed directly to the process. First, the software keyboard MapKeyboard press replacement – one that will serve as the keys are missing or broken. In our case, to reassign the selected one of the rarely used keys – Scroll Lock. This key can now be pressed instead of the missing key letter W, and with it the letter C in Russian keyboard layout. Next, in the drop-down list at the bottom of the MapKeyboard window you need to choose, in fact, itself a missing or broken key – letter W in our case. After making this selection remapped key will glow green.
On the same principle that allows you to reassign keys. The last stage is saving the performed changes. To do this, click the bottom of the program window to the right of the «Save Layout».
Then you will see a window where notified that upon confirmation of the changes will be logged out of the system. Click «Yes.»
After logout, you need again to enter it. And you can already test the operation of remapped keys.
Return the keyboard to its original state
After replacing or fixing the keyboard layout with reassigned keys can be returned to its original state. This is also done in the program MapKeyboard. On the virtual keyboard of the program click «Reset keyboard layout». Then in the appeared dialog box, confirm the reset keyboard to its original state – click «Yes.»
Then followed by another dialog box which States about the need to logout to apply the changes. Click «Yes.»
But will not exit Windows, and restart the computer. After the reboot, the keyboard layout will be returned to its original state.