Microsoft IntelliType commands.xml File
There is a file “commands.xml” at
C:\Program Files\Microsoft IntelliType Pro\.
The purpose of the file
commands.xml seems to be the same as the registry, but is used to as a fall back when IntelliType is installed the first time and there are no registry entries. According to blogger Joel Bennett, it seems that you can delete the whole EventMapping registry entry and simply modify commands.xml to define your key definitions.
Warning: When you edit the command.xml file, be sure your editor is launched with sys admin privilege, because otherwise, Windows Vista will actually create a virtual copy of that file at
, but IntelliType won't actually load the VirtualStore copy. For detail see:
Windows Vista VirtualStore Problem.
Also, you should be careful when you edit the file. It might cause IntelliType to crash. (according to some blog, IntelliType doesn't really read the file as xml, so don't think you know xml and start to add xml comments or other tags and attributes.)
To launch your editor with admin privilege, right click on its icon and chose “Run as administrator”.
Here's the file structure of “commands.xml”:
DPGCmd Copyright Version CHS Application Application Application … ENG Application Application Application … JPN … ESP RUS … ALL Application Application Application …
Those CHS, CHT, ENG, FRA, DEU, ITA, JPN, KOR, PTB, PTI, ESP, RUS etc are languages. Presumably for the keyboard layout of that language. (keyboard layout can be chosen from Control Panel, Regional and Language Options). I don't know if it is safe to delete all these blocks and leave just the “<ALL>…</ALL>” block. The ALL seems to be the catch all section. Each “Application” tag is for that app. Below is a example from the ALL section:
<ALL> <Application UniqueName="StandardSupport"> <C309 Type="5" KeySeq="ctrl F4" /> <C201 Type="5" KeySeq="ctrl c" /> <C200 Type="5" KeySeq="ctrl x" /> <C301 Type="5" KeySeq="alt F4" /> <C302 Type="5" KeySeq="F1" /> <C202 Type="5" KeySeq="ctrl v" /> <C203 Type="5" KeySeq="ctrl z" /> <C205 Type="5" KeySeq="delete" /> <C100 Type="5" KeySeq="alt leftarrow" /> <C101 Type="5" KeySeq="alt rightarrow" /> <C103 Type="5" KeySeq="escape" /> <C300 Type="5" KeySeq="enter" /> <C319 Type="6" Activator="ScrollUp" /> <C320 Type="6" Activator="ScrollDown" /> <C1101 Type="6" Activator="HorizontalScroll" /> <C1003 Type="7" Subtype="0" /> </Application> … </ALL>
Each line defines a key and its action. For example:
<C319 Type="6" Activator="ScrollUp" />
The “C319” is the Zoom slider at up position. The “Type” and the rest defines the behavior of the key. Here's what the type number means, based on Joel Bennett's blog:
|0||disables the key.|
|5||Type a key combo and or sequence. Used together with property “KeySeq”.|
|6||seems for continuous action, such as zoom and scroll. All type 6 has “Activator” as its property, and its property value is either scroll or zoom.|
|1||Sending window message?|
|2||Sending window message?|
|3||Sending window message?|
|4||Sending window message?|
Here's all possible key codes that exist in commands.xml, and their meanings.
|C319||Zoom slider up position||◇|
|C320||Zoom slider down position||◇|
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