How to remap the keyboard

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

My friend comes with a problem. Some of the keys of his keyboard have not worked.  Now what do he do? Buy a new keyboard? I told him, “Be cool!” I advised him to create remap the keyboard. Remapping the keyboard involves customizing certain keys for specific functions.

As an example let’s take this – My Pc’s Enter key has not worked. To work the Enter key function, I could replace the function of one of the two Shift keys. I substitute the function of the Enter key to the relatively unused Shift key.

Though remapping is often advocated for advanced computers, some remapping software makes it as simple as ABC. Here’s a look at two applications you can use to remap your keyboard.

MapKeyboard is a little 30KB free software that lets you alter any key to a different function or also disable it. The freeware does not need an install. The only requirement is that you should have Microsoft .Net Framework 2.0 installed on your machine.
  • How to remap
Select the key you want to remap and using the Remap selected key to drop down, select the new key. Using the application, you can also map your mouse buttons. You can also disable any key you want. Click on Save Layout and with a restart, you have your remapped keyboard.  This layout is preserved until you decide to revert to the default.

MapKeyboard is supported on Windows XP/2003/2000/Vista.

SharpKeys is light weight portable software that writes the remapped keys to the Windows Registry which essentially means that the changes are active after the next reboot or log out.
  • How to remap
Sharpkeys gives you an interface for choosing the keys to be remapped. After the selection, it adds a value to the registry which modifies the keyboard layout. Also, once the change is made, you don’t need to run the program again. You can also turn off any selected key to suppress an accidental press. To bring back the original layout, launch the program again and delete the key.
Sharpkeys is supported on Windows XP/2003/2000/Vista/7.

Insert image in mail message body

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Very easily you can insert image in mail message body. Gmail Labs creates this option. If you have no gmail account, sign up a gmail account and follow the instruction to insert image in mail message body. Two alternative options are available to insert image in mail message body.

Option One:
  • Click on Documents >Google Docs (on the left top of your page)

  • Click on Create New and select Document

  •  Select Insert>Image and upload file from your hard disk or website

  • Copy (Ctrl+C) the uploaded image and paste (Ctrl+V) it in your mail body

  • Send image to your friends without attachment.

Option two:

Gmail Labs is not available in all internet browsers. If your internet browser is Internet Explorer 7.0+ or Firefox 2.0+ or Safari 3.0+ or Google Chrome you use gmail Labs. Using gmail Labs you can easily insert image in mail compose body without going to google docs.
  • Click on Settings (which is on the right top of your gmail page)>Labs and enable inserting image. (See the screenshot in the below.)

  • Now you can see insert image button on your composer. No need to go google docs to insert image. (See the screenshot in the below.)

So buddy, send your favorite picture to your friends without attachment

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