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    Keyboard mapping

    I work with a lot of accountants and bookkeepers who find that the Windows convention of using the tab key to move between fields is very awkward (since it requires the use of both hands, one on the number pad and one for the tab key). They would like to find a way to map either the "+" key on the keypad or the Return key on the keypad to the Tab key. Then they could use one hand for data entry (like a desk calculator).

    Has any one either seen such a keyboard defined for Windows or does someone in the forum know how to define an alternative keyboard like this?

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    Re: Keyboard mapping

    There's lots of stuff out there for re-mapping the keyboard, but for starters, take a look here. This might work in more than one version of Windows.

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    Re: Keyboard mapping

    Thanks Al, but that utility only remaps the CTRL, ALT, Shift and Windows keys.

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    Re: Keyboard mapping

    Evening -

    I downloaded this program - but have yet to try it. Perhaps it is what you are looking for.

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    TradeKeys, Version 2.0
    Copyright 2002 Ziff Davis Media, Inc.
    Written by Gregory A. Wolking
    First Published in PC Magazine, US Edition, January 14, 2003, v22n01
    http://www.pcmag.com/utilities/
    __________________________________________________ ______________

    PLATFORMS:
    Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP

    DESCRIPTION:
    Sometimes the keys on your keyboard just aren't in the right place. Many of us who are familiar with the original 84-key IBM PC keyboard layout have it ingrained in our muscle memory that the Ctrl key is right next to the A key. This drives us nuts on most newer 102-key keyboard, on which the positions of the Caps Lock and Ctrl keys are reversed. We find ourselves toggling CapsLock on and off instead of typing a Ctrl+Key combination. Perhaps you'd like to have your keyboard laid out more like a typewriter, with CapsLock at the bottom, Shift above, and Ctrl above that. You might even want to disable that pesky left Windows key, because you keep hitting it by mistake when you want the left Alt key.

    TradeKeys 2 makes all that possible; you can remap your keyboard almost any way you want. Under Windows 95, 98, and Me, you can change, swap, or disable any of the standard keys (those that existed on the original 84-key keyboard layout). Under Windows 2000 and XP, you can also remap extended keys such as the Right Ctrl and Right Alt keys, the Windows Logo key, and the navigation cluster. You can save your mappings to a file for later reloading. This lets different users on a system switch quickly between different mappings. TradeKeys 2 is an update of our earlier keyboard mapping utility, ZDKeyMap.

    REVISION HISTORY:
    Changes in Version 2:
    - Improved user interface.
    - Support for Windows 2000 and XP.
    - Ability to save mappings to a file for later reloading.

    THANKS TO OUR BETA TESTERS:
    Bob Abrahams
    Alec Burgess
    Bob Eisenbach
    Ken Holt

    INSTALLATION:
    To install TradeKeys, unzip the files to the folder of your choice, then run the Setup utility and follow the prompts. To uninstall TradeKeys, use the Control Panel's Add/Remove Programs applet. For details on program operation, refer to the program's online help file.

    FILE LIST:
    Setup.exe - TradeKeys installation program
    readme.txt - the file you are reading
    license.txt - PC Magazine Utilities license agreement
    tk2_src.zip - TradeKeys source code (for programmers)

    SUPPORT:
    Help for PC Magazine's free utilities can be obtained in our online discussion area on the World Wide Web (http://discuss.pcmag.com/pcmag). You may find an answer to your question simply by reading the posted messages. The authors of current utilities generally visit this forum daily. If the author is not available and the forum sysops can't answer your question, the Utilities column editor, who also checks the forum each day, will contact the author for you.

    LICENSE INFORMATION:
    PC Magazine programs are copyrighted and cannot be distributed, whether modified or unmodified. Use is subject to the terms and conditions of the license agreement distributed with the programs.

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    Gregory A. Wolking, the author of TradeKeys 2, is a sysop in the PC Magazine Utilities Support forum (discuss.pcmag.com/pcmag) and a frequent contributor to PC Magazine. Sheryl Canter is the editor of the Utilities column, and a Contributing Editor of PC Magazine.

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