Archive for March, 2010
I just got a new Toshiba laptop for work. I love Toshibas, and one of the things that I always liked about them was that the delete key was down near the space bar. Well, naturally, the engineers at Toshiba had to move it up to the corner, about as far as you can get from the where the real word processing takes place on the keyboard.
The first thing I thought was, “Hey, I’ll just move the key!” It certainly is not as simple as taking the actual key and switching it – as anyone with common sense could tell you. I thought there would be some utility on the control panel that would do the trick. No. there is not. I then found that Microsoft has a utility that you can download. It would not remap any of certain reserved keys. Of course, the one I wanted to change was one of the reserved keys.
Finally, I searched the web for the way to do it and ran across SharpKeys. I downloaded it and it worked great. Re-mapping only took about five minutes including the download. I donated a little something for the gentleman’s troubles (the software was free) and I am as happy as can be.
I thought about moving the INS button back down near the space bar to where it was on the old keyboard. But truthfully, it was just in the way down there. I would hit it by accident once in a while and suddenly I was wiping out previous work. Better to leave it out in the cold.
I’m just glad to have my delete button back from exile.