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    Remap Windows Key (WinXP (home))

    Is there a way to reassign the Windows key to another function (like F12)? I never use the Windows Keys and they seem like such a waste of keyboard real estate when using a small keyboard.
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    Re: Remap Windows Key (WinXP (home))

    There is no EASY way to reassign keyboard keys, but Windows key used in many shortcuts. Sometimes it is easier to use shortcuts rather then navigate by built-in mouse in notebooks.
    Here they are:

    Windows key - Start menu (then you can navigate by arrow keys).
    Win + E - Open Windows Explorer
    Win + F - Open Windows Find (files or folders)
    Win + D - Show Desktop (minimize all windows)
    Win + L - Lock computer
    Win + M - Minimize all windows (show desktop)
    Win + R - Run dialog
    Win + U - Accessibility Utility manager
    Win + Pause/Break - System Properties (I think it's a great one!)

    But if you don't like shortcuts...

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    Re: Remap Windows Key (WinXP (home))

    Thanks for the tips. I also found a way to use dip switches on my keyboard to reassign a few keys.

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    Re: Remap Windows Key (WinXP (home))

    Could you tell us a bit more about this? I'm curious. What type of keyboard is it and what reassignments can you make?

    It may be an idea to post it into the Hardware board.

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    Re: Remap Windows Key (WinXP (home))

    It is a Happy Hacking Lite keyboard I bought from http://www.fentek-ind.com/minikb.htm. It is tiny, but has normal sized keys. It has dip switches at the back to reconfigure 3 keys. I wanted to be able to move my graphics tablet closer to the center of the keyboard tray to minimise arm strain. I never used all the extra keys along to the right side anyway. Check out the weird variations of keyboards at Fentek - there is something for everyone, no matter what their needs. I believe the UK has an online ergonomic computer accessory outlet also.

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    Re: Remap Windows Key (WinXP (home))

    Recommend also check out WinKey from Copernic Technologies Inc. - it's a cool program, a great time-saver, and best of all, FREE!! I use it all the time in both WIN 98 & WIN XP. You can create shortcuts for files, folders, programs, and web sites (see attd screen capture) using Windows key in combination with almost every other keyboard key & key combinations (CTRL, SHIFT, etc). You can't overwrite the built-in Windows WinKey shortcuts, otherwise no limitation on shortcuts you can create.

    Highly recommended!!
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