Other Mac apps are so useful, so beneficial to society, and so in need of some bona fide promotion, that not telling the world about what it can do borders on the criminal. So it is with the Mac keyboard remapper utility KeyRemap4MacBook.
What’s In A Name?
Don’t worry if you can’t remember the name KeyRemap4MacBook, even if it is long and clunky, though very much a descriptive name for an app that remaps a Mac’s keyboard.
No, forget KeyRemap4MacBook and remember Karabiner, because that’s the new name. Alright, that’s not any easier to remember, either.
Regardless of what you call it, KeyRemap4MacBook or Karabiner or just plain kewl, what you get is, well, just plain cool. A utility which can remap all the Mac’s keys without any restriction.
Stop to think about that ability for a moment.
That means you can change each key on the Mac’s keyboard to do what you want. Command-D can be set to Delete. If you’re a geeky Mac user, Command-R could be set to Control-R instead. Setup a left and right control or command key with different functions.
That’s the kind of cool that Karabiner does. For free.
Karabiner is billed as a keyboard remapper app and that’s what it does, but there’s more. It can also alter the Mac’s key repeat rate; faster than OS X can if that’s what you want.
To understand the value of keyboard remapping, download and install Karabiner, and change a couple of keys to do something else to start. Setup a variety of keyboard profiles to be used in different situations (a MacBook’s built-in keyboard vs. a MacBook with a keyboard and display attached, for example). Karabiner even modifies Mac function keys and comes with an option to adjust the Mac’s multi-touch functions.