Remapping keys with a screen reader?


Mike B.
 


Hi Cristóbal,
 
Here's some notes I threw together for using a program called Sharp Keys.  This will do exactly what you want, and I've used this program to remap some
keys myself.
 

----- Original Message -----
From: Rose Combs 
No problems here in my  keyboards that have the applications key.
Unfortunately my laptop and cordless keyboards do not have that particular
key and I often have to search to remember how I did this before I had a
keyboard with an app key. 
Rose Combs
 
From: Gary Jackson
Hi Rose,
 
My wireless keyboard doesn't have the application key either. I use a sweet
little key mapping application called sharp keys to map another key I don't use
to the application key. It's very easy to use and free.
http://www.randyrants.com/2008/12/sharpkeys_30.html
 
 
Gary
 
 
Navigation tip:
Setting the punctuation level to read all punctuation will make it much easier to find certain keys.  If you don't set the punctuation to read all you
will need to use the Jaws cursor to read all info for each key.
 
From: Jeremy Richards
For those of you using laptops you might want to take the following info for
a test drive. I've successfully remapped my windows applications key to be a
second windows key. Normally laptops and netbooks don't have a second
windows key on the right of the spacebar, and because it is so useful to me,
I thought I would find a way of remapping my netbook's keyboard. I tried
KeyTweak but it was presenting me with the actual scancodes rather than
names of keys on my keyboard. I found a neat little utility called SharpKey
which does all the work for you. Definitely helps with windows key + E for
explorer, windows key + r for run dialogue, windows key + F, windows key + T
for task bar and such. You will not be without a context menu key since
shift F10 does the very same thing as the windows applications key.
 
1. To use this utility you must press enter on the file:
"E:\Downloads\sharpkeys3\SharpKeys.exe." There is no installer and no entry
placed on All Programs menu or Desktop.
2. If it pops up, hit Alt + letter R when the "Open File Security Warning"
pops up. SharpKeys will then present it's user interface.
3. Tab to the Add button" and press enter.
4. You will be placed in a list box containing some 235 items representing
your keyboard's individual keys. Down arrow through this list until you
select the key you want to remap. Since I want to remap my Windows
applications key I will down arrow and select the following key: Special:
Application (E0_5D).
5. Tab about 3 times or until you reach the second list box. you can now
down arrow to select what you would like the new key to be. Since I want to
change the default Windows applications key to a second Windows key to the
right of the spacebar, I will select the following key: Special: Right
Windows (E0_5C)
6. Tab to Ok and hit enter.
7. Tab to "Write to Registry" and press enter.
8. You will receive a prompt informing you that you will need to either
reboot or log off for the changes to take effect.
9. I rebooted and now I have a second windows key to the right of the
spacebar.
 
Homepage:
http://sharpkeys.codeplex.com/
 
Download page:
http://sharpkeys.codeplex.com/releases/view/20569
 
Note: not necessarily intended for Windows7 but it worked on Windows7 64 bit
and windows 7 starter 32 bit.
 
JR
 
1. To use this utility you must press enter on the file:
"E:\Downloads\sharpkeys3\SharpKeys.exe." There is no installer and no entry
placed on All Programs menu or Desktop.
2. If it pops up, hit Alt + letter R when the "Open File Security Warning"
pops up. SharpKeys will then present it's user interface.
3. Tab to the Add button" and press enter.
4. You will be placed in a list box containing some 235 items representing
your keyboard's individual keys. Down arrow through this list until you
select the key you want to remap. Since I want to remap my Windows
applications key I will down arrow and select the following key: Special:
Application (E0_5D).
5. Tab about 3 times or until you reach the second list box. you can now
down arrow to select what you would like the new key to be. Since I want to
change the default Windows applications key to a second Windows key to the
right of the spacebar, I will select the following key: Special: Right
Windows (E0_5C)
6. Tab to Ok and hit enter.
7. Tab to "Write to Registry" and press enter.
8. You will receive a prompt informing you that you will need to either
reboot or log off for the changes to take effect.
9. I rebooted and now I have a second windows key to the right of the
spacebar.
 
Homepage:
http://sharpkeys.codeplex.com/
 
Download page:
http://sharpkeys.codeplex.com/releases/view/20569
 
Note: not necessarily intended for Windows7 but it worked on Windows7 64 bit
and windows 7 starter 32 bit.
 
JR
 
 
 
Stay safe and take care.  Mike.
 
---- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, March 11, 2021 11:31 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Remapping keys with a screen reader?

I utilize the program Sharp keys from

https://www.randyrants.com/category/sharpkeys/

its pretty strait forward but take the time to read the user guide. Hope this helps.

 

Juan Gonzalez

IT – DAX Analyst/IT Support Technician | Information Technology

Phone: 312 .666.1331 Ext. 3704

www.chicagolighthouse.org

                    

 

 

 

 

 

 

From: Cristóbal
Sent: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 10:41 PM
To: techtalk@groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] Remapping keys with a screen reader?

 

Hello list,

So I recently bought a new mechanical keyboard with brown cherry MX switches to replace my blue cherry MX keyboard that had a jammed spacebar. This new keyboard is ok so far, but one thing that I didn’t realize when buying it is that where the applications key usually is (between the right windows key and right control key), there’s an FN key instead. There are also four keys separate and immediately above the numpad with dedicated functions. From left to right, it’s mute, volume down, volume up and calculator.

Not having the applications key where it usually is isn’t a deal breaker necessarily, but I’d like to be able to have an applications key on this full keyboard instead of having to use the shift+F10 command. My impulse is to remap the dedicated calculator key on the top far right of the keyboard since I never ever use the built in windows 10 calculator app and from what I read, it’s not really possible to remap the dedicated FN key, but as I’ve never bothered to look into doing such a thing since I never had to undertake such a task, I have no idea how accessible the process is or if there’s maybe a free app out there that can do this if it’s not possible in Windows 10 alone.

 My main screen reader is Jaws, but I also have NVDA on this machine.

Any input would be appreciated.

Thank you,

Cristóbal

 


juan gonzalez
 

I utilize the program Sharp keys from

https://www.randyrants.com/category/sharpkeys/

its pretty strait forward but take the time to read the user guide. Hope this helps.

 

Juan Gonzalez

IT – DAX Analyst/IT Support Technician | Information Technology

Phone: 312 .666.1331 Ext. 3704

www.chicagolighthouse.org

                    

 

 

 

 

 

 

From: Cristóbal
Sent: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 10:41 PM
To: techtalk@groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] Remapping keys with a screen reader?

 

Hello list,

So I recently bought a new mechanical keyboard with brown cherry MX switches to replace my blue cherry MX keyboard that had a jammed spacebar. This new keyboard is ok so far, but one thing that I didn’t realize when buying it is that where the applications key usually is (between the right windows key and right control key), there’s an FN key instead. There are also four keys separate and immediately above the numpad with dedicated functions. From left to right, it’s mute, volume down, volume up and calculator.

Not having the applications key where it usually is isn’t a deal breaker necessarily, but I’d like to be able to have an applications key on this full keyboard instead of having to use the shift+F10 command. My impulse is to remap the dedicated calculator key on the top far right of the keyboard since I never ever use the built in windows 10 calculator app and from what I read, it’s not really possible to remap the dedicated FN key, but as I’ve never bothered to look into doing such a thing since I never had to undertake such a task, I have no idea how accessible the process is or if there’s maybe a free app out there that can do this if it’s not possible in Windows 10 alone.

 My main screen reader is Jaws, but I also have NVDA on this machine.

Any input would be appreciated.

Thank you,

Cristóbal

 


Cristóbal
 

Hello list,

So I recently bought a new mechanical keyboard with brown cherry MX switches to replace my blue cherry MX keyboard that had a jammed spacebar. This new keyboard is ok so far, but one thing that I didn’t realize when buying it is that where the applications key usually is (between the right windows key and right control key), there’s an FN key instead. There are also four keys separate and immediately above the numpad with dedicated functions. From left to right, it’s mute, volume down, volume up and calculator.

Not having the applications key where it usually is isn’t a deal breaker necessarily, but I’d like to be able to have an applications key on this full keyboard instead of having to use the shift+F10 command. My impulse is to remap the dedicated calculator key on the top far right of the keyboard since I never ever use the built in windows 10 calculator app and from what I read, it’s not really possible to remap the dedicated FN key, but as I’ve never bothered to look into doing such a thing since I never had to undertake such a task, I have no idea how accessible the process is or if there’s maybe a free app out there that can do this if it’s not possible in Windows 10 alone.

 My main screen reader is Jaws, but I also have NVDA on this machine.

Any input would be appreciated.

Thank you,

Cristóbal