How to remap keys with PowerToys in Windows 10

How to remap keys with PowerToys in Windows 10

With PowerToys, you can remap keys to other options or shortcuts in Windows 10. Here are the steps to remap keys to PowerToys.

About PowerToys tools

Microsoft recently released a great free and open source tool called PowerToys for Windows 10. In case you didn’t know, PowerToys is a tool with a collection of built-in utilities. Some of them include color picker, image change, run & search, batch rename, keyboard manager, and more. Each widget in PowerToys can be turned on or off individually. If you just want to use the key mapping tool, you can turn this option on and off others. Simply put, PowerToys is an extremely powerful tool that every Windows user should have.

One of the most useful utility of PowerToys tool is the keyboard manager. It allows the user to swap the keys on the keyboard for any other key or shortcut. Alternatively, you can assign a specific shortcut to any key on your keyboard. Key remapping is especially helpful if you have additional keys on the keyboard. To remap keys using PowerToys, all you have to do is assign them in the Keyboard Manager section .

In this quick and simple tutorial, let Make Tech show the steps for remapping keys using the PowerToys tool in Windows 10.

Steps to remap the keys using the PowerToys tool

After installing PowerToys, follow the steps listed below to remap keys using the PowerToys tool.

1. First, open PowerToys in Windows 10. You can do this by searching for it in the Start menu.

2. After opening PowerToys, select “Keyboard Manager” tab on the left panel.

3. Now, please enable the option “Enable Keyboard Manager” .

4. Next, click the “Remap a key” button .

Click the button “Remap a key”

5. Click the “+” button .

Click the “+” button.

6. Click Type in the Key section .

Click Type in the Key section

7. Press a key that you want to use as the remapped key. For example choose “‘” because the post author wants to use it to enter another character or keyboard shortcut when pressed.

Press a key that you want to use as the remapped key

8. Click OK.

9. Now, click Type in the Mapped to section .

Click Type in the Mapped to section

10. Next, press a key that you want to remap. In this case, the author wants to enter “A” whenever “” “ is pressed . If you cannot press the key, select the key from the drop-down menu in the “Mapped to” section.

11. In addition, you can also map keys to perform a shortcut. In this case, the author wants to perform the shortcut Ctrl + V when pressing the “” “ key .

12. Click OK.

13. Here is the interface when you remap keys with PowerToys. In this case, every time you press “‘” , it will execute the shortcut Ctrl + V.

14. Click OK in the Remap Keys configuration window .

Click OK in the Remap Keys configuration window

15. If you see the warning, click the Continue Anyway button .

16. As soon as you do that, the remap wizard is added to the PowerToys keyboard manager list.

The remapping instructions are added to the PowerToys keyboard manager list

That’s all there is to it! It’s simple to remap keys using PowerToys in Windows 10.

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