MapKeyboard

MapKeyboard

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 14 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.0
  • Total Downloads:
    62,486
  • Date Added:
    January 15, 2007
  • File Size:
    56.67KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    472
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/Vista

Editors' Review

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This free application lets you customize your keyboard layout settings, though its lack of hot key functions is disappointing.

MapKeyboard's interface resembles the standard keyboard image that most users will be able to easily utilize, even without a help guide. The program allows you to change the output of a key through a pull-down menu of output keys. You also can create multiple layouts that will suit your needs. In addition, the program allows you to quickly revert to the original keyboard layout with its one-click reset keyboard feature, though we still prefer the hot key function that this program unfortunately lacks.

Regardless, customization aficionados will surely find this freeware handy and easy to use in personalizing their keyboards.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"Works perfectly"

December 30, 2010  |  By lonepeakgeek

 |  Version: MapKeyboard 1.0

Pros

Quick download. Easy install. Worked perfectly.

Cons

Uninstall?

Summary

Page up and Page down keys are inconveniently located on my Acer Aspire one. This program turned them into left/right keys just like that.

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4 stars

"Simple, Clean, and Too Effective"

December 18, 2010  |  By TigerCatBrandon

 |  Version: MapKeyboard 1.0

Pros

Re-Maps keys effectively (Including Alt and Ctrl keys that some programs cannot affect)

Cons

Permanently changes (requires no resident program for example to maintain). While this can be considered low footprint, it also tempts irreversible changes if you lose track of the program.

Summary

Seems to do it's job. It was a simple program that did not require an install. It seems to adjust the registry, so you can run the program, remap, then delete MapKeyboard altogether, and your map will stick.

Therein lies the danger. Be careful before you re-map keys, though. You might find that you need a key you need someday, but you remapped it with this program and forgot all about it. This program can undo it's changes, but another program may not be able to undo MapKeyboard's changes. I already tried with a hotkey program, and it could not change MapKeyboard's work.

I will agree with cnet that it should have a hotkey function. If you could use a hotkey as any key, it could ehnance your abilities. As it stands, you have to actually change one of the keys on your keyboard permanently in order to use it.

My problem is I was having trouble with my Left Alt key. I used MapKeyboard to make Caps Lock be Left Alt. MapKeyboard did it perfectly and instantly Capslock was Left Alt -- but I had no capslock. It became instantly frustrating because I realized I actually use Capslock! So I just undid the changes and now I'm using my (still working) Right Alt key. If it supported hotkeys, I could make capslock the alt key and ctrl+capslock be capslock. Then it wouldn't be so bad.

Simple and clean, it will re-map your keys without fuss (although it requires a computer restart to do it) . But that's part of the problem. No Fuss permanent changes.

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5 stars

"Maps keys easily/"

December 02, 2009  |  By eagre2

 |  Version: MapKeyboard 1.0

Pros

Mapos keys, including disabling, in a straightforward manner.

Cons

Requires reboot to activate map, but this probably cannot be avoided.

Summary

This program allowed me to disable a malfunctioning key (Q) and substitute another key (tilde) for it.

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2 stars

"Doesn't Work Correctly in Vista SP2"

September 27, 2009  |  By Lord_Glorfindel

 |  Version: MapKeyboard 1.0

Pros

Works in reassigning some keys

Cons

Can't reassign the RightWindows key, for instance, in Vista SP2

Summary

If you want less than 100% performance, try it.

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3 stars

"Simple key remapping only"

November 05, 2008  |  By RealGoodBloke

 |  Version: MapKeyboard 1.0

Pros

Good if you just want to replace one keystroke with another.

Cons

You can't remap modified keystrokes, e.g if you want to set up Ctrl and Up Arrow to be Page Up you can't do this. You can only modify Ctrl or the Up Arrow, not a combination of the two keystrokes.
Also you need to reboot after you make your changes.

Summary

Didn't work out for me.

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3 stars

"only does 1 keystroke remapping"

October 10, 2008  |  By ecoslor

 |  Version: MapKeyboard 1.0

Pros

easy interface

Cons

couldn't do what I wanted: function + arrow to remap to home/end

Summary

good for single key remapping

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5 stars

"perfect"

June 19, 2008  |  By djtrancis

 |  Version: MapKeyboard 1.0

Pros

small program, doesnt take up much space. does exactly as i needed it to do, and best of all, it was free.

Cons

theres nothing i dont like about it.

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1 stars

"Looks good, but no support."

November 12, 2007  |  By michael b roberts

 |  Version: MapKeyboard 1.0

Pros

The software is easy to use and has clear instructions.

Cons

However, I had some questions about using it and sent emails via the website and direct to Jake (address on website) with no response. So, I lack confidence in ability of InchWest to provide software support.

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4 stars

"Great free solution. "

June 16, 2007  |  By pastaadam

 |  Version: MapKeyboard 1.0

Pros

Simplest and cheapest solution for layout problems.

Cons

Needs language support. Most of Europeans can use like a Windows Patch to decimal thousand seperator problem, faced while using NumDel in most of the programs.

It is neccessary to Restart PC after a change.

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher InchWest
Publisher web site http://www.inchwest.com
Release Date January 15, 2007
Date Added January 15, 2007
Version 1.0
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows
Additional Requirements Microsoft .Net Framework 2.0
Download Information
File Size 56.67KB
File Name mapkeyboard.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 62,486
Downloads Last Week 472
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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