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Remap Keyboard Buttons in Windows 7 and 8 with KeyTweak

Ever wanted your keyboard keys to behave differently than they do? Don’t worry, you won’t have to tear out the buttons with a screwdriver. Windows 7 and 8 allow remapping and disabling of keys from the registry, but it is just painfully tedious modifying registry files manually. Enter KeyTweak, a free program that does all of the hard work for you.

KeyTweak keyboard remapper

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Developed by Travis Krumsick the freeware program KeyTweak provides a graphical user interface for remapping every key on most keyboards. Behind the scenes, all the program does is edit the Windows registry like we did in our Disabling the Caps Lock Key tutorial. What took us several steps and 5 minutes to accomplish, KeyTweak can do in only two mouse clicks.

disable capslock with keytweak

 KeyTweak isn’t just for disabling keys though. In the graphic interface each key on your keyboard is assigned a numerical code rather than letter, and each coded button offers an action or letter that it types out. You can reassign any letter or normal keyboard function to any one of your keys, even actions that your keyboard might not have; if it’s a basic one.

keytweak user interface

 The best part of KeyTweak is the ability to save multiple configurations. If you have different keyboard setups for different programs, you can save each one separately and load them at will from the File menu. This feature is especially handy for gamers and software programmers that don’t use specific keyboard strokes or actions while at work.

save multiple remaps of keyboard mappings

Overall, KeyTweak is an easy to use program that remaps your keyboard keys while minimizing user effort and system resource use. It doesn’t pack a lot of features, but it gets the job done and doesn’t cost anything.

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3 Responses to Remap Keyboard Buttons in Windows 7 and 8 with KeyTweak

  1. Chaitanya February 12, 2012 at 8:50 pm #

    Can you please post or reply how to change using registry files. I want to learn

  2. Rupert Moran November 25, 2014 at 3:46 am #

    Hi Austin, You`re a can-do man so tell me how to move one function of a two function key.
    I want to move@ to ”

    On my board @ is above 2
    ” is above ‘

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