December 31, 2019
Googling how to remap a keyboard’s keys provides a ton of answers, but most of the resouces I found suggested a software solution.
While software is likely more powerful and may be appropriate if you want to completely redo your keyboard layout, all I really wanted to do was add an Option (
⌥) key to my Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000.
As it turns out this is doable from within System Preferences on MacOS.
In my case, I don’t need a Caps Lock
⇪, but use the Option
⌥ key for many shortcuts, so I replaced the Caps Lock
⇪ Key with the Option functionality.
NB: While this works for most situations, some things like opening a minimized window through the Cmd
⌘ + Tab
⇥ Application Switcher (and then Cmd
⌘ + Option
⌥ on the minimized application) doesn’t seem to work.
These steps were originally found on Beebom.com.
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