Windows: Keyboard Layout Tools, Key Macro Tools ⌨

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This page is a list of tools for remapping keys, creating keyboard shortcuts, key macros, or keyboard layout, for Microsoft Windows.

What Do You Want to Do?

Different tools have different features and purposes. Here's a list of possible features. Most tools can do only SOME of the following:

Here's a list of good tools for Windows.

IntelliType + Microsoft Keyboard

Microsoft IntelliType Pro for Windows.

Microsoft IntelliType is a very feature rich keyboard macro software. It comes with Microsoft keyboards. You can use this to swap modifier keys, disable them, or set F keys or special keys to launch any app. The key sets can be different for each app. It also has a basic keyboard macro ability for mostly gaming purposes.

For screenshot, basic intro, and its limitations, see: Microsoft IntelliType Review

If you have a Microsoft keyboard, and want to use IntelliType to the fullest, see: Microsoft IntelliType Hacks.

Note: you can't use IntelliType without a Microsoft keyboard. I recommend:

Microsoft sculpt ergonomic keyboard 41754
Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard


AutoHotkey System Notification Area
A running AutoHotkey script icon in Taskbar's System Notification Area.

AutoHotkey is a powerful scripting engine that also lets you assign keys to any script or run any app, or insert some text, or act as pressing other keys. This is the most powerful, but take a lot time to learn its scripting language.

To get started, see: AutoHotkey Tutorial.


The following i have not used, but heard good things about them.

Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator

Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator By Microsoft. @

X-Mouse Button Control

X-Mouse Button Control By Phillip Gibbons. @

Your Keyboard is Most Important

Most important thing about keyboarding is actually a good keyboard hardware. For some suggestions, see: Computer Keyboards, Layouts, Hotkeys, Macros, RSI ⌨.

See also:

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