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How can I change key on keyboard to type another letter

Rossa O'Muireartaigh
Ireland
Local time: 01:25
Japanese to English
Nov 24, 2009

HELP

I spilt water on my keyboard and now some of the keys don't work, most importantly the 't' key.
How can I change my keyboard so that another key will give me the letter 't'.

thanks,

Rossa


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Steven Sidore  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 02:25
Member (2003)
German to English
Plenty of free software out there Nov 24, 2009

The process is called keyboard mapping. Google it and you'll find plenty of free options.

But really, have you looked at the prices for keyboards at your electronics shop lately? I managed to spill the better part of a cup o' Joe into my last keyboard. You can get a basic replacement for about 10 euros, and a Microsoft branded keyboard cost about double that. (I went for the better keyboard because I actually use the built in volume control and calculator keys). Ignore the high end stuff unless you need heightened ergonomics or are a gamer.

My point: this is your primary interface with the computer. Not the place to be thrifty, unless you're far from civilization and really are forced to make do with what's on hand.

HTH!


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esperantisto  Identity Verified
Local time: 04:25
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You did not specify your operating system, Nov 24, 2009

so do it to have a reasonable answer.

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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 02:25
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English to Afrikaans
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OS and type, please Nov 24, 2009


Rossa O'Muireartaigh wrote:
How can I change my keyboard so that another key will give me the letter 't'.


1. What operating system do you use?
2. Is it a laptop keyboard, a multimedia keyboard, an entry-level keyboard...?


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Rossa O'Muireartaigh
Ireland
Local time: 01:25
Japanese to English
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It is a laptop (alas) and it's Windows Vista Nov 24, 2009

Unfortunately it is a laptop so I cannot get a replacement keyboard so quickly.
I am using Windows Vista.
Actually I just found a software called KeyTweak that let me put 't' to the right of 'p'. I now have to unlearn my many years of typing.


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Ray Liu
Local time: 09:25
English to Chinese
Generally, you can change your keyboard layout Nov 24, 2009

If you are using window xp or vista or 2000 or 98

go to Control Panel -- Region and Language --- keyboard


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Edwin den Boer  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 02:25
Member (2009)
English to Dutch
Replacing seems easier than QWER_YUIOPT Nov 24, 2009

Rossa O'Muireartaigh wrote:


Unfortunately it is a laptop so I cannot get a replacement keyboard so quickly.


Well, unless you're travelling, you can still connect a separate keyboard to the laptop, can't you?

[Edited at 2009-11-24 23:55 GMT]


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Noni Gilbert
Spain
Local time: 02:25
Member (2007)
Spanish to English
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If it's any consolation... Nov 24, 2009

... I spilt coffee into my laptop and it curled up and died.

So now I get hysterical if anyone comes within so much as 50m as me with liquids - but more to the point, I have been looking into the equivalent of "pluvial insurance".


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esperantisto  Identity Verified
Local time: 04:25
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For Windows, Nov 24, 2009

use Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator to create a custom layout.

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Thomas Ochiltree  Identity Verified
Local time: 20:25
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Re getting new keyboard Nov 24, 2009

The fact that you are using a laptop does not prevent you getting a stand-alone keyboard and plugging it in to a USB port. In fact I have exactly that setup because I find it more ergonometrical -- one is farther back from the screen -- and because the stand-alone keyboard has the keys more widsly spaced and has a separate numerical keyboard. If you're willing to dispense with "bells and whistle" type functions that just repeat those ow Windows you can get a totally saticfactory keyboard for less than $20. regards, Tom

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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 02:25
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My spacebar... Nov 24, 2009


Rossa O'Muireartaigh wrote:
Unfortunately it is a laptop so I cannot get a replacement keyboard so quickly.


The spacebar (on my laptop) broke about three weeks ago. Actually, the left-hand side broke, but the right-hand side still worked. So I thought that I may have to learn to tap the spacebar with my other thumb. But I was able to lift up the spacebar and figure out how it works and learnt that I had to fix a broken ring on the right-hand side of it to get the left-hand side working again.

If you're confident that the key is broken, try taking it off and seeing if you can fix it.


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Rossa O'Muireartaigh
Ireland
Local time: 01:25
Japanese to English
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Thanks for the advice Nov 24, 2009

Thank you all for the advice and consulation

I think I will hook it up to another keyboard (could be better for my back and posture in the long run) in the mean time and maybe see if Toshiba can fix it for me the next time I'm in Japan.

You are right Edwin- QWER_YUIOPT is a pain (particularly for the small finger on my right hand).


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Rossa O'Muireartaigh
Ireland
Local time: 01:25
Japanese to English
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Erratum Nov 24, 2009

'Consolation' not 'consulation'

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Egidijus Slepetys  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:25
German to Lithuanian
A laptop-keyboard can be replaced, I think Nov 24, 2009

In the owners manual of my DELL laptop it is even shown, how to replace the keyboard.
You should ask a technician.

Regards,
Egiz


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