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Example - Mapping multimedia/web keys to numeric keypad

Installer package: KbdEditInstallerUSEnglishNumpadMedia.exe

Layout file: US English (Numpad Media).zip

You can use the installer package to deploy this keyboard layout without any restrictions. Free Demo version can be used to make changes and test them. To deploy a modified version, a Premium, Personal or Lite edition is needed.

Certain keyboard models are equipped with an extra row of Web and Multimedia keys, which offer handy shortcuts for common operations in Web browser and multimedia player applications (Refresh, Navigate Back / Forward, Volume Up / Down / Mute, Skip to Next / Previous Track etc). Keys App1 and App2 are also common, and provide quick shortcuts for starting Windows Explorer and Calculator applications.

The problem with these keys is that many keyboard models, even fairly recent ones, do not support them, or support only a partial subset. This example will show you how to map all media/web keys to the numeric keypad. If you mostly use your computer for Web browsing and/or media playback, you will probably find the ""media / web" remapped keypad much more useful than its original number-entering version.

If you have an external USB keypad, this example will enable you to use it as a remote control for media / web operations - the degree of "remoteness" depending only on the USB cable length or the wireless transmitter range.

KbdEdit media keys normal mappings KbdEdit example media keys mapped to numeric keypad
Default position of Media/Web keys Media/Web keys mapped to numeric keypad

To map media / web keys to numeric keypad on layouts other than US English, follow these steps:

  1. Switch to the low-level editor.
  2. Drag the "Brws Back" media key from the top media row, and drop it onto the "numpad /" (forward slash) key on the numeric keypad.
  3. Repeat the step 2. for all other browser / media keys, dropping each one to a distinct numpad key, as indicated on the screen shot above.
  4. Be sure to hold down the "Ctrl" key during each drag&drop operation to ensure that the "copy" operation is performed, i.e. that the source is left unchanged (see Editing Virtual Key mappings). Otherwise, the "numpad" VK codes will get mapped to the originating media / web keys which probably isn't the desired outcome.

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