With PowerToys, you are able to remap secrets of other keys or shortcuts in Windows 10. Here’re the steps to remap keys with PowerToys.
Microsoft recently released an incredible free and open-source tool called PowerToys for Windows 10. In the event you have no idea, PowerToys is really a tool having a assortment of utilities built into it. Some of those utilities include although not limited to the colour picker, image resizer, run & search, bulk renamer, fancy zones, keyboard manager, etc. Each utility in PowerToys can be enabled or disabled individually. If you just want to use key remapping and fancy zones, you are able to enable the above and disable others. Put simply, PowerToys is an awesomely powerful tool that each Windows user must have.
Probably the most useful utilities of the PowerToys tool is the keyboard manager. It allows us to remap keys in your keyboard to any other key or perhaps a shortcut. For example, if some key is not working as then you can remap it to some other key. Alternatively, you are able to assign a particular keyboard shortcut to any key on your keyboard. Key remapping is particularly useful for those who have additional keys in your keyboard. To remap keys with PowerToys, all you need to do is assign them in the Keyboard Manager section.
In this simple and quick guide, let me show the steps to remap keys with the PowerToys tool in Windows 10.
Note: If you haven’t already, download PowerToys from Github and install it like any other software. Once installed, proceed using the steps listed below.
Steps to Remap Keys with PowerToys Tool
After installing PowerToys, follow the steps listed below to remap keys using the PowerToys tools.
First, open PowerToys in Windows 10. You can do this by searching for it in the Start menu.
After opening PowerToys, choose the “Keyboard Manager” tab on the left panel.
Now, turn on the “Enable Keyboard Manager” option.
Next, Click the “Remap a key” button.
Click the “+” button.
Click “Type” under the “Key” section.
Press a vital that you would like to use as the remapped key. I pressed “`” because I desire to use it to send another character or shortcut on pressing it.
Now, click “Type” under the “Mapped to” section.
Next press a vital that you want to remap. In my case, I want to type “A” whenever I press “`”. If you cannot press the key, choose the key in the drop-down menu under the “Mapped to” section.
Alternatively, you can also map the important thing to send a keyboard shortcut. In this instance, I wish to send “Ctrl + V” when I press the”`” key.
This is the way it appears when you remap keys with PowerToys. In my case, each time I press “`”, it will send the “Ctrl + V” shortcut.
Click “Ok” in the “Remap Keys” configuration window.
If you see an alert, click the “Continue Anyway” button.
Once you do this, the remap instruction is added to the PowerToys keyboard manager’s remap keys list.
That is all. It is that simple to remap keys with PowerToys in Windows 10.
Wrapping Up Key Remapping with PowerToys
Following the same procedure, you can remap any key in your keyboard.
Do keep in mind that some custom keys, such as the “Fn” key, cannot be remapped. It is because most keyboards and laptops don’t register them separate keys. Rather they directly send another keycode whenever you press the important thing. The OS then interprets the keycode with help of the keyboard driver and performs relevant action. Since this is a hardware level restriction, there is nothing much that you can do.