keyboard - Remap [Function] key on a Gateway laptop

  • Niphoet

    Since the motherboard on my HP laptop died, I'm temporarily using my wife's Gateway laptop. It's a nice little computer, except the [Function] key is at the bottom left of the keyboard, where the CTRL key should be, and the CTRL key is next to it. I know that the [Function] key is not interpreted by the OS, only at the hardware level, so is there any way to switch these keys? Having the [Function] key there is SO unnatural.

    OS: Windows 7 Ultimate RTM

    Thanks for any help!!

  • Answers
  • 8088

    As the FN key is not handled by the Windows keyboard driver, any remapping of the it is impossible by any Windows utility that switches keys, because it doesn't generate any scan-codes.

    You should therefore regard your BIOS to see if a "Swap FN and CTRL" option already exists. If not, maybe a future BIOS upgrade will solve the problem.

    In the meantime, you can use this solution (just joking):

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  • 8088

    Here are some suggestions/applications for you to check out.

    It lists third party software, registry tweaks and other things to help you remap your keyboard.

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  • Lance Roberts

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  • 8088

    Try DoubleCommand.

    DoubleCommand is software for Mac OS X (a kernel extension) that lets you remap keys, in other words change the way your keyboard works. Often used to make a PC keyboard more comfortable with a Mac, swapping the Alt (Option) and Windows (Command or Apple) keys, since they are in swapped positions on Mac and PC keyboards. DoubleCommand is a quick and easy way to fix this if you use a PC keyboard with your Mac.

  • Richard Hoskins

    System Preference->Keyboard and mouse. In the Keyboard tab, you will see a "Modifier Keys" button in the bottom left. This will bring up a dialog that allows you to remap what your Macintosh thinks are the "Control", "Option", "Command" and "Caps Lock" keys.

  • justingordon

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