Map Special Computer Keyboard Keys With Skeys

25 Dic/09

Many computer keyboards come with a set of special keys that are used to give quick access to popular applications like a web browser and email client but also media controls to control music playback on the computer system. A problem that can arise is that some manufacturers map the keys to specific programs, e.g. Internet Explorer even if the default web browser is another one. Another problem is that some media players come without support for these special keys so that it is not possible to control the playback in those players.

The only option in this case other than switching to the default programs that the keyboard manufacturer has mapped the keys to is to use a program like SKeys to remap the special keys.

SKeys displays a small window upon startup that displays 18 different keys that all read Use this key. Each special key on the computer keyboard corresponds to one of those key buttons in the window and pressing a key on the keyboard will be indicated in the window as well.

There are two main reasons for this approach. Some users might want to map only a few of the special keys to other functions which can be done with this method. The Use this key name was chosen because of no standard naming conventions for those special keys.

A click with the mouse on any of the key buttons in the application window will add that button to the list of special keys that can be remapped in the next window. The autocheck option will perform that automatically for the user.

The next window is displayed after clicking on the Done button. Key identification is problematic as all keys are using cryptic identifiers. The only way around this is to map one key after the other to be always sure to map the right key.

Skeys offers several functions that can be mapped to the individual keys:

  • Open File/Program
  • Power Function
      Switch User
      Hibernate/Standby [uses Standby as a backup if Hibernation is turned off]
  • Send keystrokes
  • Volume Function
      Toggle mute
  • Popup
      Bottom right
      Bottom left
      Top right
      Top left
  • Skeys
      Show Skeys
      Show Skeys setup
      Disable Skeys
      Disable this hotkey
      Exit Skeys
  • Wait

All functions are explained in the post of the developer announcing the release of SKeys. Skeys is a portable Open Source program for the Windows operating system

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