How to redefine keys

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Have you ever dreamed of being able to simply redefine the role of a button, change the behavior of the SHIFT key, reassign a few key used to assign your favorite symbol, short of being able to simply redefine the keys ? Well, it is possible ! There is even a simple, practical and above formal solution: the Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator !

With "MKLC", you will be able to create a "home" keyboard réatribuant the role of each key. The software runs under XP and Vista, 32-bit as 64-bit.

- Start by downloading the software from Microsoft.

- Run the downloaded file, and click Setup to install the program.

- Go to the Start menu and run the Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator program.

- The software allows you to create a keyboard from scratch or retrieve an existing configuration to modify.

- Go to the File menu (File) and select Load Existing Keyboard (Load an existing keyboard).

- Select "French" in the list and click OK.

- To reassign a key, just click on the virtual keyboard. For example we will reassign the button "small 2" (top left of most keyboards) so that when it is pressed for either the "@" character that appears, whose character has more utility.

- Click on the "small 2" button in the virtual keyboard displayed by the software.

- A box opens. Click All to view all the options.

- Par défaut le champ Key affiche "U+00b2" qui est la valeur Unicode héxadécimale du "2 exposant". Remplacez-le par "U+0040" qui est la valeur unicode du caractère "@".
NOTE: Pour connaître les valeurs "U+xxxx" des touches, n'hésitez pas à lancer l'application "Tables de caractères" dans les Accessoires Windows. Le code des caractères est affiché dans la barre d'état de cet outil.

Default Key field displays the "U +00 b2" which is the Unicode hexadecimal value of "2 exponent". Replace with "U+0040" which is the unicode value of the "@" character.
NOTE : To find out the values ​​"U+xxxx" buttons, do not hesitate to launch the application "Characters table" in Windows Accessories. The character code is displayed in the status bar of the tool.

- You can also set a value for this key when the keyboard is in uppercase. For example, type "U+00a9" in the Shift + Key field for the "Copyright" character appears when you press this key in uppercase mode. Note that you must also check the "Caps = Shift" if the key does not have the same reaction "keyed Shift" mode and "Shift key".

- The software also allows you to redirect behavior when keys pressed simultaneously [CTRL] + [ALT].

- Click OK to confirm the change.

- Go to the Project menu and click Keyboard Layout Test (Test the keyboard). Then check that the keyboard behaves as you expect.

- Dans le menu Project, cliquez sur Properties (Propriétés). Saisissez "Clavier1" dans Name, puis "Français - Clavier Personnalisé" dans Description et cliquez sur OK.

- In the Project menu, click Properties. Enter "Keyboard1" in Name, and "French - Keyboard Design" in description and click OK.

- In the Project menu, click Build DLL and Setup Package.

- The program will then create software to install new keyboard in the heart of the system.

- To install actually, click the Setup generated.

- IN VISTA : Go to the Windows Control Panel and run the tool "Regional and Language Options". Go to the Keyboards and Languages ​​tab. Click Change keyboards. On the General tab, expand the popup menu "Default Input Language" and select "French - Keyboard Design". Confirm with OK.

- IN XP : Go to the Windows Control Panel and run the tool "Regional and Language Options". Go to the Languages ​​tab. Click Details. On the Settings tab, expand the popup menu "Default Input Language" and select "French - Keyboard Design". Confirm with OK.