SharpKeys 3.9

SharpKeys is a Registry hack that is used to make certain keys on a keyboard act like other keys. For example, if you accidentally hit Caps Lock often, you could use this utility to map Caps Lock to a Shift key or even turn it off completely. This official release includes support for up to 104 mappings, an extensive list of available keys, and a “Type Key” option to help when managing mappings. As it relies on internal support within Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 you must be running one of these OS’s for this Registry hack to work.

With the release of version 3.9, I’ve recompiled the most recent code that has been posted to the GitHub project. This version includes some bug fixes and removes support for triple-byte keys that Windows doesn’t support (including hardware keys from HP and Lenovo.)

As always, I encourage anyone interested in working on the code to visit http://www.github.com/randyrants/sharpkeys for more project changes.

Download SharpKeys 3.9: MSI | ZIP | requires .NET Framework 4.0


45 thoughts on “SharpKeys 3.9”

  1. 3.9 is being marked by Windows as an unknown app from an unknown publisher and you have to click through SmartScreen to run the MSI

    1. I’m not sure I get the question. If you install the MSI, it installs like most Windows apps and can be uninstalled from the Add/Remove Programs screen. If you download the ZIP file, you can copy the EXE that’s in it to your hard drive or thumb drive and just run that. In that case there is no uninstall because there is no install performed.

      1. Thanks for the fast reply! I downloaded the zip file and I ran the executable file. Thanks for confirming that the .exe file runs directly without installing itself.

        The app worked well.

  2. Hi. I just tried using this to remap my non functioning tab key to the “tilde key.” it told me it was successfully done and I restarted. Tab function apparently is not changed, at least in Office software. When I hit “tilde” instead of tabbing, I just insert a tilde character. I am running Windows 10 which was upgraded from Windows 7.

    1. Sorry – no idea what the tilde key is as my keyboard has the tilde as SHIFT+` and the whole key has to be remapped. Meaning if you remapped ` ~ to Tab, you would still need to hold down SHIFT to get to the ~.

      If nothing got remapped, recommend that you double check that you’ve rebooted after saving the changes.

  3. Hello! I have a problem: I can’t set the Alt gr button, as soon as I leave the program I replace it with the Alt Right button. I have a 60% keyboard, how can I solve it?

    Thanks so much in advise, sorry for the bad english.

  4. Mapping Num Lock key

    Seems there is some trouble with the “Type Key” feature, even I found workaround.
    I needed to map the Num Lock key of my laptop (to permanently disable it).
    When using the “Type Key” and hitting the Num Lock key, I received code “Special € (E0_45)”.
    Mapping this key would have no effect at all on Num Lock.
    I used instead the “Special Num Lock (00_45)” from the sharpkeys list and then it worked.

    https://github.com/randyrants/sharpkeys/issues/151

  5. I have the keys:
    (E0_1F64)
    (E0_1F6D)
    (not recognized)
    (E0_1F65)
    on my HP laptop.

    Sharp Keys is the only programm that does anything at all if these keys are pressed, but it tells me
    “You entered a key that SharpKeys doesn’t know about”
    is there a way for me to extend the programm on my own by the named keys?
    It would be so nice if you could answer. Tested about 10 programmes now and Sharp Keys was the only one… even the HP business support could not help me…

    Thanks in advance

    1. Sorry, SharpKeys cannot help. These keys are triple-byte enabled meaning that they send three bytes per keypress whereas the rest of a keyboard sends two bytes. The Registry key that Windows uses to remap keys only supposed double-byte enabled keys, so even with SharpKeys picking up the correct code on Type Key, there’s no way for it to get remapped correctly.

      AutoHotKeys would be a good thing to explore as that is an active key remapper.

    2. Hi, I have HP laptop with (E0_1F65) too. Please add support this button to program. Thanks.

      Or may be case manual edit REG for add random keys mapping?

  6. how do i use this im using a new wireless keyboard on windows 10,

    it does have a key labelled \|

    but when you press it it only shows ¬ and ~

    so how do i remap

    tried your keyboard but not sure how it could do that

  7. Thank you for sharpkeys. I am use it to avoid the unwanted use of Caps Lock.

    Yet I bought a new keyboard with a key to use the calculator.

    But I don´t like the windows calc, in truth I hate him, the windows calc.

    So I want to use another calc to replace the original. And I want to use the special key “calc” on the keyboard, sharp keys shows the key with the name (00_100). But on the right side from the dialog box “Add new key mapping” I can only choose “App: Calculator (E0_21)” but not another program.

    My question is: Is it possible to change the key to start another program (for example an other calculator)?

    Thank you so much.

    Carsten Höhmann
    carsten.hoehmann@gmx.net

  8. Randy, thanks for the great app.
    I changed some mapping on my key board, app worked great. BUT somehow I messed up.
    “U” is “U” function on the proper key, but it also shows up on the “V” key and the CONTROL V key; no “V” around. I tried remapping from one to the other and vice versa, the “V” key still types “U”; this is the case in Windows, not Mac. I am in Mac right now. I don’t know how to fix this. Please help.
    Thank you.

    1. I’m not sure what you’re trying to do, but SharpKeys remaps the entire key. So if move V it will be V at all times, even with Control, Command, or Option pressed (Control, Windows, or Alt for Windows hardware).

      1. Thanks, for the response. I changed the key that was (00_2F) to U(00_16) I want to change it back to the original key. I tried “From (00_2f) to U(00_16; is this right? I also tried “From (00_16 to (00_2F). Still didn’t work. I must being doing it wrong I guess.

        1. If you want to change it back, I would remove the entry in SharpKeys, save the settings to the Registry and reboot. I have no idea what would happen if you added a second mapping to restore the functionality changed by the first mapping.

  9. Hey! Loving this program. I’m using an old mechanical keyboard w/o media keys, and Sharpkeys has been a great help.
    2 Questions:
    1) On two different pcs with two different keyboards, I couldn’t get Pause/Break [Special: Num Lock (00_45)] to work. When I ‘type a key’ it’s recognized, but it doesn’t do the thing I mapped it to do.
    2) Is there a way to have the registry edits only affect one user? The other user dislike my edits…. we’re on Windows 10.

  10. A key on my notebook broke and I had to disable it because it randomly toggle on and off. Is there a way so that the changes doesn’t affect external USB keyboards?

  11. Not having a mute key was driving me crazy. Thank you so much! Thought I was just going to have to listen to spotify ads for the next 5 years.

  12. Hello Randy,

    I was referred here by Robert at northgate-keyboard-repair.com

    I have an OmniKey Ultra (with the actual OMNI key).

    Windows doesn’t seem to see this key (at least with a couple key scanners I used so far).

    I think maybe the BIOS sees is but Windows simply ignores it.

    Does your app bypass what Windows can do and see that key?

    1. There’s nothing that my tech will be able to do for this – my app leverages the remapping tech that’s a part of Windows so if it’s already being ignored by Windows, it won’t get remapped. Might want to check another app like AutoHotKeys.

  13. Hello! You did great job with the application. I am working in a company which prefer to use MacBooks but people can’t work on MacOS, so we deployed Windows 10 via BootCamp. The laptops are connected to docks and we are using Apple keyboards and Left Alt and Win key are switched. Sadly we cannot install your application because of the Software Center. Is there a way to provide me a registry key, so I can pass it to IT team and make them add it to Regedit?

    1. Thanks! After you write out the keys you want remapped to the Registry, you can always grab a copy, export it out using regedit, and get a self contained REG file from the whole process. I still keep a REG file that turns off Caps Lock because I always turn it off and sometimes don’t have SharpKeys installed yet. You can also build your own, following the information here: https://www.randyrants.com/2002/05/down_with_caps/

      1. Thank you! You helped me a lot! I couldn’t find the location of the key/value. Now IT team is really excited to work with those regs.

  14. Just to let you know, I have done some marketing for you. HP Support forum has some troubles right now, but yeah, its HP. Completely clueless, as always :)

    ———–

    Date: 01-20-2018 09:42 AM

    Hey Folks.

    I successfully reclaimed my home button. This works for me on a OMEN by HP Sequencer Keyboard (CH layout, but should work for all layouts, as HOME is always a special key).

    It is in fact a simple registry key.

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Keyboard Layout]
    “Scancode Map”=hex:00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,02,00,00,00,47,e0,76,00,00,00,00,00

    you can save the above 3 lines as a .reg file. You can import this file into your registry as admin. Re-login required, or reboot.

    Or you can use the nice little tool here: https://github.com/randyrants/sharpkeys/

    Enjoy :D

    Btw: @HP wafaduck do you do the whole day guys? It took my 30 minutes to figure that out, including writing this post.

  15. just a comment : Caps Lock for Clipboard History

    Mostly all we hate the CapsLock key.
    So I use it to open the Clipboard History from Outertech.
    I was always upset, that windows Clipboard has only one item.
    I think most people need more that one text item in Clipboard.

    I will use SharpKey on my MacBookAir with BootCamp Win10 to change the Cmd and Alt keys.
    These Mac key locations are different from the windows location and it makes me go crazy when I’m typing.

    Thanks. Great app.

  16. I am a newbie to games with weapons and fighting. I am also left handed so I use the number pad for my movements. You are as close as I have come to getting help. I have questions: First: I want to not use the down arrow to move but the 5 key would work easier with finger placement. What is the title of the key to switch from the 2 down arrow key to the 5– key? Second: My 3 pgdn key had a crouch on it initially; I, of course, have messed with the keys trying to get them to do my will! I tried to move the 3 pgdn key to the 0 Ins key. This one did not work either as I think it is the numlocks button either being on or off that creates the complexity. Three: I just have dinked up keys until I get the right combination which I am hoping you can assist me with???? It is Window 10 a masione keyboard with the number pad. I am all ears because my team is waiting for me to learn to move readily!

  17. Awesome! Thanks… the Mac/Windows ctrl + cmd/windows buttons were driving me crazy. This saved me from digitally punching Cortana in the face every time I tried to copy, paste or cut something! :D

  18. I am unsure what you are responding too but I am still in the hopes that Randy will respond. I need the basic layout of function, numberpad, F keys basically the entire layout of the entire long keyboard and their Titles! Is there a default key if it goes wonky?

    1. What are the arrow keys called on numpad? If I have numpad turned off and want to switch keys ex. The down arrow 2 key to the 5 _ key… Is there specific names? There really isn’t an arrow key to reflect which key nor a _ key in your sharpkey list…

  19. Wow thank you, this is lifesaving! My computer has been through several reinstalls, device reinstalls, and “repair” at 2 shops with a randomly “stuck” Ctrl key – without being a physical keyboard issue, as the same problem appeared with a USB keyboard. Nothing and nobody could fix the issue. After downloading your software I just disabled the offending key and BINGO! This has cost me so many hours and nerves. Now I will just remap to have a working Ctrl key and can continue using my laptop! How can I buy you a coffee?

  20. Hi Randy,
    I want to map “period” key to “Right ALT” key. I mapped and wrote it to the registry , rebooted my laptop but it did not work. Tried to do the same with “period” to “Right CTRL” key and it didn’t work. My “period” key isnt working on my laptop so I use an external bluetooth keyboard, to my surprise after mapping “period” key on my external keyboard stopped working as well.

    1. If I had to guess, you have the mappings backwards. You want the Right Alt key to *become* the period key, so Right Alt to Period, is what you’d want to do.

  21. Thank you SO MUCH!
    I have a Dell Precision M6800 with a Calc key where the Good Lord intended for the Del key to be…
    This is the only and easiest utility I’ve found that works!
    Telling all my tribe!

  22. Anyone know why sharp key changes i make don’t work the same in my browser than in a word app ? For example, i turn off a key and if i am in say notepad, it does nothing if i hit it as it shouldn’t since i turned it off in Sharp keys. But type anything in the browser be it in the URL/address field of in a reply like this one and the keys is active. Why is that and how can i make what i program in SK work the same no matter what i am typing in?

    1. Sorry, no: the whole key is remapped for the entire system – the remapping is done by Windows and it’s not application aware.

  23. 5 _ key with numpad off to the 2 down arrow key … I do not see a downarrow key nor a _ underscore key in the list of choices to switch… Any ideas??? I haven’t gotten an answer in 2 months.

  24. Can I please get a response to my inquiry? 2 months and I don’t have an answer to making my 5 underscore key with numpad off to the 2 downarrow key with numpad off… Anyone?

    1. Sorry – most of the support has been moved to GitHub so I’m not watching the blog as diligently.

      In so far as I know, the number keypad are sending the same key whether num lock is on or off, meaning that it’s always going to be the same key. It’s why the 2/@ key is different from the Num: 2 key. So you could remap the Num: 5 key to some other key.

      However, you cannot remap it to be “underscore”. You can remap it to the “- _” which means that you’ll still need to use Shift to get to underscore.


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