How to Map Keyboard Keys

By Contributing Writer

The uses for mapping your keyboard are numerous, but remapping your keyboard’s keys is not for the squeamish. There are numerous software applications to map and remap a keyboard’s keys. The best part is that the software is free and easily downloadable via the Internet. So, go ahead and swap those unused keys on your keyboard to suit your computing experience, and make your keyboard more effective without fear of damaging your computer.

Things You'll Need

  • Keytweak, free software

Remap Your Keys on Your Keyboard Competently

Step 1

Place your mouse pointer over a key on the visual keyboard. Notice that the key is numbered. To see what function the key is currently assigned to, allow your mouse pointer to hover over the key. A pop-up displays what the key is attributed to.

Step 2

Left-click the mouse pointer on a key you wish to change.

Step 3

Click on Choose New Remapping from the drop-down menu.

Step 4

Select Remap Key from the Control area on the interface. You may also opt to disable or enable the key, and reset the default for this key.

Step 5

Left-click Apply. Look at the list box at the top-left of the interface, labeled “Remapped keys currently in effect.” Ensure that the keyor keys you selected are listed in this list box.

Step 6

Fix a mistake by resetting the defaults. Click on the top button adjacent to the list box you just visited. Pressing this button will remove all the changes to your keyboard mapping.