Microsoft PowerToys

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

Microsoft PowerToys is now useful for keybinding.

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Microsoft PowerToys, keyboard manager. At https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/wiki/Keyboard-Manager-Overview
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i used to use AutoHotkey heavily, from 2008 to about 2016. That's 8 years. See my tutorial AutoHotkey Tutorial. I stopped, because programable keyboard became popular. Programable Keyboards is far superior than keybinding software via operating system. [see Programable Keyboards with Onboard Memory]

First i got Truly Ergonomic Keyboard in 2012. Then Kinesis Advantage2 Keyboard Review in 2016, then Koolertron Keyboard in 2017, then Ultimate Hacking Keyboard 2018, then Gergo Keyboard in 2019. So, all my keyboards are programable. And i also use a bunch of programable mouses with at least 10 buttons. My mouse history of past 10 years: • Logitech G700s Mouse 2011 • Logitech G600 Gaming Mouse 2015 • Logitech G502 Mouse 2018 • Logitech G604 Mouse 2019.

but, sometimes, keybinding software still useful. For example, i have X-Bows Keyboard. It's programable, but not the prototype i have. It's Qwerty, but i type Dvorak. [see Ergonomic Keyboard Layouts] So i use Microsoft Windows 10 to switch to Dvorak layout. But now, my macro for my Logitech G604 Mouse to close tab, the Ctrl+w no longer works, because now it sends Ctrl+, due to the qwerty to dvorak conversian in operating system.

Solution, is to make the mouse button send Function keys, say F8, then on the operating system, use Microsoft PowerToys or AutoHotkey to make F8 to send Ctrl+w. This way, it works, because function keys are not changed by keyboard layout conversian in operating system.

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