30 July 2008

Swap alt<->command(windows logo) in boot camp mac keyboard

Having installed bootcamp in my mac, using apple keyboard is a little bit troublesome, especially when I'm used to regular pc keyboard layout. In bootcamp, alt(option) react as alt in windows, whereby command key react as windows logo. This is getting annoying when I start using 3d application like maya or modo where you click alt key a lot for viewport navigation. Another example is when I'm playing Dota, I keep holding alt almost all the time to show health bars.

I found a software called AutoHotkey which enable custom configuration on the keyboard. All you need is install the software. After that, open your notepad and fill in with this code:

LWin::LAlt

LAlt::LWin


What it does is swapping both key. Save it as win-alt.ahk

Double click on it to activate.

You can choose to put the file in the startup folder to let it run everytime you boot windows.

Now, get back to dota and time to own.

*Update on 09 January 2009

I've found a new software called keytweak which basically does same thing, but more native and less buggy, because keyTweak tend to manipulate keyboard registry value.




As you can see above, the concept remained the same, this is quite easy to achieve.

Just click full teach mode, and begin the key mapping, basically you have to do it twice, by swapping both of the key. Failing to do so will only replace a key and not swapping them.

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