How to Bind Keys to Different Keys on Your Keyboard

Quick fingers and lightning reflexes can help you win virtual battles when playing against real or computer-generated opponents in computer games. One way to increase your speed is to play using keys that are easy to press. For example, you might find it more convenient to press your "J" key instead of reaching up to press "F12." Make that happen by downloading a program that binds one key on your keyboard into a different one.

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    Install KeyTweak, a program that works with all current versions of Windows. When you launch KeyTweak, it displays a small virtual keyboard on screen. To remap a key, click any key on that keyboard to select it and then choose another key from the drop-down list. After you log off and restart Windows, the key changes take effect. You can also use KeyTweak to remap specialty keys, such as the Volume key, that may appear on some keyboards.

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    Use the SharpKeys key remapping program. SharpKeys doesn't have a virtual keyboard, but it can help you to bind keys to others. Click the program’s "Add" button, and the Add New Key Mapping window displays a list of "From" keys on the left and list of "To" keys on the right. You can click one of the keys in the "To" list and then click the key you want to make it to in the "To" list. For example, to map the Numpad "5" key to "F12," click "Num 5" -- found in the "From" column -- and then click the "F12" key located in the "To" column. If you use this program to remap your keyboard, you must log off Windows and log back in to apply your changes.

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    Visit the AutoHotKey website and download the free AutoHotKey program. AutoHotKey can help you perform complex gaming tasks by clicking a single button. Unlike many other remapping programs, AutoHotKey lets you bind complex key combinations. The following example remaps "Ctrl" and "C" to the right "Alt" key:


    The target key, "RAlt," is on the left side of the colon, and the keys you want to map it to are on the right. You simply need to paste this line into a text file and save it with a .ahk extension. When you double-click the file, Windows binds your keys according to the values you defined in the .ahk file.