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Windows 7: How can I change keyboard/numberpad mapping?

13 Feb 2013   #1
aegisknight

windows 7 64 bit
 
 
How can I change keyboard/numberpad mapping?

I need to use a lot of greek letters (alpha, beta, ect) on a regular basis, along with modifications of these. It is a pain to have to use the numpad codes every time (when working with many of my formulas, I need to put in multiple codes for the same character due to recurring accents, bars, ect), so I would like to map them directly to my keyboard to make things easier.

I have looked into some programs such as SharpKeys and KeyTweak, but as far as I can tell they only let me move one key to another, not add entirely new characters.

Windows has the Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator, which so far has been the best alternative (I can map anything I want to any key), but it does not seem to allow me to edit the numberpad.

I can't really get rid of any functions of any other keys, so I need to map to previously "unmapped" locations. Originally I wanted to use control + (x) (for example, control + a = alpha), but because most software has so many keyboard shortcuts this has been rendered more or less impossible to practically use. The number pad seems to be the logical choice, but the windows editor does not allow me to change my numberpad.

Is there any way around this, or some other program I can't find? If I could get this sorted, it could change how work is conducted across my entire university.


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13 Feb 2013   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Since no one replied, I googled your request and this is all that came up.

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13 Feb 2013   #3
indianacarnie

 

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19 Feb 2013   #4
aegisknight

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

That isn't really want I want. I can already get the special characters, and I do have a numberpad (at least half the time). I want to specifically map the characters to my keyboard in a special keyboard layout.

The best way to do it is any of the software out there that lets me re-map, but so far they either won't let me map to the numberpad (microsoft keyboard creator), or only let me move keys around (rather than adding something new).

If I could find a way to map new keys to the numberpad, so if I hold shift and press it I can get my special characters, those ~12 buttons would give me all the extras I need.
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19 Feb 2013   #5
Alejandro85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

AutoHotkey seems to be able to do that. It can intercept most keys and send another different key combination instead to simulate a different char. I have only very little experience with it, but I think it can handle the numpad keys and replace those by alt+number combination to transform keypad into Greek alphabet.
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20 Feb 2013   #6
aegisknight

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

This very likely will be what I need, it might take a bit of effort to get down (matlab is the only coding I've even touched, and even that just barely) but seems much more comprehensive than anything else I've seen. Thanks!
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20 Feb 2013   #7
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Most probably this is not what you want to but at least you could do something with it: Type Maths Input Panel to Start Menu > Search and press enter to open Maths Input Panel, use mouse to draw your formulas, click Insert to paste to document for instance Word:

How can I change keyboard/numberpad mapping?-mathinput.png


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