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MapKeyboard

CNET Editors' review

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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All User Reviews
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    3.5 stars

    out of 14 votes

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    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 2
  • Current version:

    3.6 stars

    out of 9 votes

    • 5 star: 3
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 5.0 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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  • 4.0 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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  • 5.0 stars

    "Maps keys easily/"

    December 2, 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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  • 2.0 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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  • 3.0 stars

    "Simple key remapping only"

    November 5, 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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  • 3.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 1.0 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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  • 4.0 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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