Enter key not working: How to remap keyboard

Today, my friend scrapped me (in Orkut) that his [Enter] key (or return key) is broken and it is not working. So he is unable to chat and whether I know of any alternatives.

Hmm.. then I did some binging/googling, and this is what I was able to come up with.

You can map the keys to something different. Many people like to remap the [Caps Lock] because when the type there is a tendency to accidently slam on it and type in all caps, which is very annoying (In MS Word, Excel etc, you can use [Shift]+[F3] for converting lovercase to upper case and vice-versa).

Okay, coming back to the point. The best way to do this is using third party tools, which are freely available.  Otherwise you’ll have to edit the registry, which is no fun thing at all! So, we’ll go the software way.


It is a free software to map one  key to another on your keyboard. It is free, you need to have .NET runtime environment running to install it.

You can download it from [sharpkeys.codeplex.com] and [RandyRants]

Key Tweak Keyboard Remapper


It is also a free program to do the remapping of the keys, you can get it from: http://webpages.charter.net/krumsick/

Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator 1.4

It is another tool to do the same thing. By Microsoft itself. But you’ll have to go through the validation procedures etc.  [Download Microsoft Keyboard Layout Tweaker]

Windows On-Screen Keyboard

Other simple thing you can do is to use the On-screen Keyboard(OSD) But this is not really an easy way to solve the problem. Say, as in my friends case you want to use it to replace the enter key, while chatting it is not really very helpful, is it?


1. How to change your Keyboard Keys, NoteBookForums.com

2. Shortcut for the return key, Digitalspy.co.uk

3. Remapping the Keyboard in Windows, Computer Education

4. KeyTweak Keyboard Remapper [Software]

5. SharpKeys [Software]

6. How To Toggle the NUM LOCK, CAPS LOCK, and SCROLL LOCK Keys, Microsoft Knowledge Base

7. Scan Code Mapper for Windows, WHDC Archives

8. Remap the F12 Key, CapsLock Key or any Key in Windows XP, 2000, Vista and 2003, US Netizen

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