Apr 9, 2012

Fixing My Stupid Canadian Keyboard

If you buy a laptop in Canada, most of the time it comes with a fucked up multilingual keyboard, which looks like this:

Image source: wikipedia
Look at the left shift key.  It's half the size of the shift key on tje "standard" US keyboard layout.  Sure there are other small difference here and there, but nothing really pisses me off as much as this small tiny left shift key. The key next to the left shift key has really no meaning for non-French users like me, and it doesn't even register any character if you are using EN keyboard on Windows.  But still I'm very used to press in the middle of the longer shift key, so sometimes my left pinky presses the "dead" key... :(

Sure, it's stupid to have this type of keyboards to begin with since there is virtually noone who is still using French in Canada unless you are in Quebec... But whatever, I already have a stupid laptop, so I had to fix it: as long as the weird key next to left shift can be remapped to the left shift key. I should be fine eh?

I googled a bit, Sure there are some manual tricks, including registry tweaks, I could use, but I managed to find a nice small program called SharpKeys, which allows me to remap any keys on the keyboard.  The best feature of this program is that I can just press a key on the keyboard and say "remap what I pressed to the key I'm gonna press now".