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Key Tweak

Posted By On March 23, 2007 @ 1:36 PM In System Tune-Up Help | No Comments

Q:
Often times, when I’m playing a game on my computer, I accidentally hit that key on my keyboard that has the little flying flag on it. Whenever I do that, my game gets messed up. Is there an easy way to disable that key while I’m playing my game and then maybe turn it back on when I’m finished? Please help!

A:
That is a very good question. (You guys really do ask a lot of great questions!) First off, I’m going to tell you what that key with the little flying flag on it is. It’s called the Windows key and it can be found in two locations on your keyboard. On the left side, it is wedged in right between the Ctrl and Alt keys and on the right side, it is placed right beside the Alt key. It does look like a flying flag and it is also one of Windows’ main symbols.

Now that you know where to find the Windows key, what does it do? Well, push on it and see. Its main function is to bring up your Start menu. It can be used in conjunction with a lot of other keys to do several other functions as well though. You can read here [1]. Click on the link at the top of the page that says “Download: KeyTweak – Keyboard Remapper v2.2.0.” Click Run twice and then hit the I Agree button when the next window comes up. Click Install and then Close. Next, go to your Start menu and find the KeyTweak entry. (It won’t put an icon on your desktop for you, so you have to find it through the Start menu). Once you have all that done, you can go about finding the keys you want to tweak.

The keyboard you’ll see on your screen is numbered, so you’ll have to kind of guess which key is which. But, if you roll your mouse over the number, it will tell you what key that is. Just click on the number you want to remap and then choose where you want to put it. Just for your information, the Windows keys’ numbers are 59 (on the left) and 63 (on the right). If you accidentally hit one of those more than the other, remap that one only. The choice is yours, but it’s better to keep the remapping to a minimum, since there are two Windows keys.

So, you’ll want to choose a spot for the Windows key to go. If you don’t use the whole left side of your keyboard very often (like the numberpad) area, remap it to a key over there. For example, you may want to remap number 59 to number 105, which is the minus key on the numberpad. That’s a key that is not used a whole lot and chances are, your fingers won’t accidentally hit it while you’re trying to play your game, etc.

That’s just one example, but you can remap whatever you’d like. If there are other keys that really bother you sometimes, move them around. That’s what KeyTweak is for. Now, it may take a little bit of time to get used to this new program, but read it over and familiarize yourself with it before you take any drastic measures. There is a Help file, so if you have any further questions, just click on that and you should be able to find your answer. Also, if you run into any problems and you don’t like the way you did something, just hit the Restore Defaults button and it will all go back to normal.

Once you get the hang of KeyTweak, I think you’ll really like it. It will really help you to keep your keyboard keys in line and from now on, you can have them just the way you want them. You can’t complain about that, can you?!

~ Erin


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