For the more advanced Windows users, you can easily replace the function of the keyboard keys with other more useful keyboard shortcuts.
So if there are some keys on the keyboard that don’t work or can’t be used, there’s no need to replace them immediately with new ones.
Changing the function of the custom keyboard keys with other keys can be done easily using the help of Sharpkeys Software.
How can you use it to change the keyboard key functions? Follow the simple steps below to make custom keyboard shortcuts on Windows 10.
Setting up the SharpKeys Software
The first step is to download SharpKeys Software from GitHub or another trusted source.
Install the SharpKeys Software that you have downloaded. Follow the instructions in the installation wizard to complete the setup.
Once the installation has finished, you can close the installer window. The next step is to locate the SharpKeys shortcut and right-click on it.
From the popup-menu select ‘Run as Administrator’ in order to have proper permissions to modify keyboard keys.
Using Sharpkeys to make custom keyboard shortcuts
Now that you’ve installed and opened SharpKeys it’s time to make some custom keyboard shortcuts on Windows 10.
In order to change the function of a keyboard key, locate and click the ‘Add’ button.
A new window should pop up and you should see two separate lists. The list contains all the different keys on the keyboard.
The left section contains the Map this key list (From Key) functionality. This means you can use a keyboard button that will be used as the action instead of other multi-key functions.
The right section contains the To this Key list (To key) settings, which is the function that decides which key will be replaced.
For example, you can assign the functions of the CTRL key to a different one like the ALT key.
All you need to do is look for the ALT key code on the left list and the CTRL key code on the right side list. This same process applies to any other key combination as well.
After you select the button code either from the left or right key list, click OK to save the combination.
In order to add more custom keyboard shortcuts for Windows 10, you can just repeat these previous steps.
Saving the new Custom Keyboard Shortcuts
After you set all up all your desired buttons with the custom functions, you are ready to activate them.
In order to use your new custom keyboard shortcuts on Windows 10, you need to save them to the registry.
Look for a button that says ‘Write to Registry‘ in the main SharpKeys window. This will write all the key modifications and shortcuts into the Windows registry.
This way you don’t need to keep coming back to SharpKeys to keep the working in the future.
Once you clicked the save button, you should get a message confirming that the writing was successful.
Now your new shortcuts should be properly mapped and you can safely close the SharpKeys window.
In order to activate the new changes to the custom keyboard key functions you need to restart your computer. After the restart process is complete, the custom button functions should start working.
If for some reason they haven’t activated properly, make sure you followed each step correctly. You can also try some simpler shortcuts first just to make sure they’re activating properly.
Returning the custom keyboard shortcuts back to normal
If you have previously set several buttons to replace the functions of other keys on the keyboard, you might want to reset them back to default.
SharpKeys makes it very simple to restore all default keyboard key functions back to normal.
All you need to do is open up SharpKeys, then click the ‘Delete All‘ -button.
To fully activate the deletion, click the ‘Write to Registry‘ -button once again.
After that, restart or log out and the changes should take effect. Afterwards, all your keyboard shortcuts should be reset back to normal.