Amazingly, Macs come with a bunch of different keyboard layouts. There’s the ultra long keyboard with numeric keypad.
There’s the small keyboard, the Bluetooth keyboard, and all the keyboards on the MacBook models. What if you have a key that’s broken? Or, you want to move the keys around to suit your needs? For that you need a keyboard remapper.
Remap Those Keys, MacBook Luvr
There’s not much to say about a keyboard remapper. What it does, on the surface, is simple. It moves the function of one key to another key.
This kind of app can be handy if you don’t like the MacBook’s keyboard layout.
Or, if you’re missing a key or two (been there, done that), remapping around the keys that are gone or broken can be a godsend.
The odd little app that does just that is called KeyRemap4MacBook. Allow me to assume that the name Mac Keyboard Remapper was already taken.
Setting up KeyRemap4MacBook (try saying that five times, real fast) is easy enough. The Change Key tab displays all keys that can be remapped.
KeyRemap4MacBook reads and edits an XML file with all the keyboard remap changes.
You can also change the Key Repeat rate (I like mine to be faster than fast—I make a lot of backward changes).
The app resides in your overcrowded Mac Menubar so it’s easy to reach to make keyboard adjustments on the fly.
One other use I found for KeyRemap4MacBook is to remap a few alpha numeric keys on my husband’s MacBook while he was at work. Seriously, I’m telling you, that was funny. And it was free.