Remap Keyboard Keys Windows 7 on the fly

  • Sundancer

    I am working on a software project where I run an Adobe air project in fullscreen on laptops. I would like to avoid keys and combinations that would bring any other things to the front. So I would like to disable those normal Windows 7 keys like ALT-TAB, Windows KEY, Function keys, Shift key and especially those FN Keys to mute or reduce the display brightness.

    Now comes the point through a secret key combination (for example "admin") you can leave the air application - and then you should get you normal keys back. So without reboot or logon log off. My first idea was to create to different keyboard layouts for Windows (these can switch on the fly)

    Does someone know a suitable way? This is a active project so I have a budget if someone you help me on this issue...

  • Answers
  • iglvzx

    You can use AutoHotkey to compile a script which disables certain key combinations and have a "toggle" keyboard shortcut which suspends the script (thereby enabling the keys).

    Here is a simple example:

    ^+F12:: ;[Ctrl]+[Shift]+[F12]
        Suspend, Toggle
    Alt & Tab:: 
        ;do nothing

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  • nickf

    This question is similar to this one, but the accepted solution doesn't work in my case.

    I work on two different laptops. On one, the Home and End keys are only available by pressing Fn+Left and Fn+Right. This can make it rather annoying when switching between the two since I always go to press Fn-Right and not get what I want.

    The tool suggested in the other question is Sharpkeys, however it doesn't recognise Fn+Right as a different key from Right, and I suspect that registry twiddling isn't going to help me here. (?)

    Is there any way to remap this combination?

    (I'm on Windows Vista if that helps)

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  • William Hilsum

    Unfortunately for you fn keys are not passed to the OS and are all translated in the hardware (/ firmware) before the OS sees it.

    Your best bet that you may not like is just to use a external keyboard. I use one and would not go back to using the laptop keyboard if I did not have to!

  • Axxmasterr

    My advice is to remap the END and HOME keys to other keys on your laptop keyboard you do not use often. I have noticed this issue when using a laptop. Especially when trying to select sections of text with the shift key and the end button. Doing so is very tough to do depending on the layout of your keyboard.

    The way I solved this problem was to remap the home and the end button to F11 and F12. I have never needed to use an app that needs these keys for anything, so you are probably safe remapping them. Another bonus is you are more or less guaranteed to have these keys on your laptop keyboard.

    Hope this helps.

  • Steve Rowe

    The best remapping tool I've found is SharpKeys. It won't handle the fn keys for you, but it will allow you to map end and home to something else on the keyboard.

  • jitbit

    You can do this with a keyboard layout editor. More info here: (stackoverflow)