PowerToys Keyboard Manager utility for Windows (2023)

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The PowerToys Keyboard Manager enables you to redefine keys on your keyboard.

For example, you can exchange the letter A for the letter B on your keyboard. When you press the A key, a B will be inserted.

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You can exchange shortcut key combinations. For example: The shortcut key Ctrl+C will copy text in many applications. With PowerToys Keyboard Manager utility, you can swap that shortcut for ⊞ Win+C. Now, ⊞ Win+C will copy text. If you do not specify a targeted application in PowerToys Keyboard Manager, the shortcut exchange will be applied globally across Windows.

PowerToys Keyboard Manager must be enabled (with PowerToys running in the background) for remapped keys and shortcuts to be applied. If PowerToys is not running, key remapping will no longer be applied.

Important

There are some shortcut keys that are reserved for the operating system or cannot be replaced. Keys that cannot be remapped include:

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  • ⊞ Win+L and Ctrl+Alt+Del cannot be remapped as they are reserved by the Windows OS.
  • The Fn (function) key cannot be remapped (in most cases). The F1 ~ F12 (and F13 ~ F24) keys can be mapped.
  • Pause will only send a single keydown event. So mapping it against the backspace key, for instance, and pressing and holding will only delete a single character.
  • ⊞ Win+G often opens the Xbox Game Bar, even when reassigned. Game Bar can be disabled in Windows Settings.

Settings

To create mappings with Keyboard Manager, open the PowerToys Settings. Inside PowerToys Settings, on the Keyboard Manager tab, you will see options to:

  • Launch the Remap Keys settings window by pressing Remap a key
  • Launch the Remap Shortcuts settings window by pressing Remap a shortcut

Remap Keys

To remap a key, changing it to a new value, launch the Remap Keyboard settings window with the Remap a Key button. When first launched, no predefined mappings will be displayed. You must select the + button to add a new remap.

Once a new remap row appears, select the input key whose output you want to change in the “Physical Key” column. Select the new key value to assign in the “Mapped To” column.

For example, to press A and have B appear:

Physical Key:Mapped To:
AB

To swap key positions between the A and B keys, add another remapping with:

Physical Key:Mapped To:
BA

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Key to Shortcut

To remap a key to a shortcut (combination of keys), enter the shortcut key combination in the "Mapped To" column.

For example, to press the Ctrl key and have it result in ⊞ Win + (left arrow):

Physical Key:Mapped To:
Ctrl⊞ Win +

Important

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Key remapping will be maintained even if the remapped key is used inside another shortcut. The order of keypress matters in this scenario as the action is executed during keydown, not keyup. For example, pressing Ctrl+C would result as ⊞ Win + left arrow + C. Pressing the Ctrl key will first execute ⊞ Win + left arrow. Pressing the C key first will execute C + ⊞ Win + left arrow.

Remap Shortcuts

To remap a shortcut key combination, like Ctrl+C, press Remap a shortcut to launch the Remap Shortcuts settings window.

When first launched, no predefined mappings will be displayed. You must select the + button to add a new remap.

Once a new remap row appears, select the input keys whose output you want to change in the “Physical Shortcut” column. Select the new shortcut value to assign in the “Mapped To” column.

For example, the shortcut Ctrl+C copies selected text. To remap that shortcut to use the Alt key, rather than the Ctrl key:

Physical Shortcut:Mapped To:
Alt + CCtrl + C

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There are a few rules to follow when remapping shortcuts (these rules only apply to the "Shortcut" column):

  • Shortcuts must begin with a modifier key: Ctrl, Shift, Alt, or ⊞ Win
  • Shortcuts must end with an action key (all non-modifier keys): A, B, C, 1, 2, 3, etc.
  • Shortcuts cannot be longer than three keys

Remap a shortcut to a single key

It is possible to remap a shortcut (key combination) to a single key press by selecting the Remap a shortcut button in PowerToys Settings.

For example, to replace the shortcut ⊞ Win+ (left arrow) with a single key press Alt:

Shortcut:Mapped To:
⊞ Win + Alt

Important

Shortcut remapping will be maintained even if the remapped key is used inside another shortcut. The order of keypress matters in this scenario as the action is executed during keydown, not keyup. For example, pressing ⊞ Win++Shift would result in Alt + Shift.

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App-specific shortcuts

Keyboard Manager enables you to remap shortcuts for only specific apps (rather than globally across Windows).

For example, in the Outlook email app the shortcut Ctrl+E is set by default to search for an email. If you prefer instead to set Ctrl+F to search your email (rather than forward an email as set by default), you can remap the shortcut with "Outlook" set as your "Target app".

Keyboard Manager uses process-names (not application names) to target apps. For example, Microsoft Edge is set as "msedge" (process name), not "Microsoft Edge" (application name). To find an application's process name, open PowerShell and enter the command get-process or open Command Prompt and enter the command tasklist. This will result in a list of process names for all applications you currently have open. Below is a list of a few popular application process names.

ApplicationProcess name
Microsoft Edgemsedge.exe
OneNoteonenote.exe
Outlookoutlook.exe
TeamsTeams.exe
Adobe PhotoshopPhotoshop.exe
File Explorerexplorer.exe
Spotify Musicspotify.exe
Google Chromechrome.exe
Excelexcel.exe
Wordwinword.exe
Powerpointpowerpnt.exe

How to select a key

To select a key or shortcut to remap, you can:

  • Use the Type Key or Type Shortcut button.
  • Use the drop-down menu.

Once you select the Type Key or Type Shortcut button, a dialogue window will pop up in which you can enter the key or shortcut, using your keyboard. Once you’re satisfied with the output, hold Enter to continue. If you’d like to leave the dialogue, hold the Esc button.

Using the drop-down menu, you can search with the key name and additional drop-down values will appear as you progress. However, you can not use the type-key feature while the drop-down menu is open.

Orphaning Keys

Orphaning a key means that you mapped it to another key and no longer have anything mapped to it.

For example, if the key is remapped from A to B, then a key no longer exists on your keyboard that results in A. To ensure this does not happen by accident, a warning will display for any orphaned keys. To fix this, use + to create another remapped key that is mapped to result in A.

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Frequently asked questions

I remapped the wrong keys, how can I stop it quickly?

For key remapping to work, PowerToys must be running in the background and Keyboard Manager must be enabled. To stop remapped keys, close PowerToys or disable Keyboard Manger in the PowerToys settings.

Can I use Keyboard Manager at my log-in screen?

No, Keyboard Manager is only available when PowerToys is running and doesn’t work on any password screen, including while Run As Admin.

Do I have to restart my computer or PowerToys for the remapping to take effect?

No, remapping should occur immediately upon pressing OK.

Where are the Mac/Linux profiles?

Currently Mac and Linux profiles are not included.

Will this work on video games?

We suggest that you avoid using Keyboard Manager when playing games as it may affect the game's performance. It will also depend on how the game accesses your keys. Certain keyboard APIs do not work with Keyboard Manager.

Will remapping work if I change my input language?

Yes it will. Right now if you remap A to B on English (US) keyboard and then change the language setting to French, typing A on the French keyboard (Q on the English US physical keyboard) would result in B, this is consistent with how Windows handles multilingual input.

Can I have different key mappings across multiple keyboards?

Currently no. We are not aware of an API where we can see the input and which device it came from. The typical use case here is a laptop with an external keyboard connected.

I see keys listed in the drop down menus that don't work. Why is that?

Keyboard Manager lists mappings for all known physical keyboard buttons. Some of these mappings may not be available on your keyboard as there may not be a physical key that it corresponds to. For instance, the Start App 1 option shown below is only available on keyboards that physically have a Start App 1 key. Trying to map to and from this key on a keyboard that does not support the Start App 1 key will result in undefined behavior.

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Troubleshooting

If you have tried to remap a key or shortcut and are having trouble, it could be one of the following issues:

  • Run As Admin: Remapping will not work on an app or window if that window is running in administrator (elevated) mode and PowerToys is not running as administrator. Try running PowerToys as an administrator.
  • Not Intercepting Keys: Keyboard Manger intercepts keyboard hooks to remap your keys. Some apps that also do this can interfere with Keyboard Manager. To fix this, go to the settings, disable and enable Keyboard Manager.

Known Issues

See the list of open keyboard manager issues.

FAQs

How do I use PowerToys on Windows? ›

To use PowerToys Run, select Alt + Space and start typing! (Note that this shortcut can be changed in the settings window.) PowerToys must be running in the background and Run must be enabled for this utility to work.

Does Windows 10 have PowerToys? ›

Microsoft PowerToys is a set of freeware system utilities designed for power users developed by Microsoft for use on the Windows operating system. These programs add or change features to maximize productivity or add more customization. PowerToys are available for Windows 95, Windows XP, Windows 10 and Windows 11.

Does Windows PowerToys work on Windows 11? ›

Microsoft has released the latest version of PowerToys, its suite of tools for power users on Windows 10 and 11, bringing it to version 0.60.

Does Windows 11 have PowerToys? ›

Install PowerToys from Microsoft Store on Windows 11

To install PowerToys on Windows 11, use these steps: Open Microsoft PowerToys page. Click the Get in Store app button. Click the Install button.

What can Windows 10 PowerToys do? ›

It comprises a set of useful tools like an image resizer, file renamer, colour picker, among others! PowerToys for Windows 10 are free and open sourced software licensed under the MIT License and is hosted on GitHub. Windows 10 PowerToys provides tools that can help you to be more productive while using your computer.

Can I do PIP on Windows? ›

Pip must be manually installed on Windows. You might need to use the correct version of the file from pypa.org if you're using an earlier version of Python or pip. Get the file and save it to a folder on your PC.

How do I remap my keyboard keys in Windows 10? ›

To reassign a key

Connect the keyboard that you want to configure. Select the Start button, and then select Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center. From the displayed list of key names, select the key that you want to reassign. In the command list of the key that you want to reassign, select a command.

Does PowerToys slow down computer? ›

Powertoys Run has noticeable input delay along with slow searches regardless of computer load #10429.

How do I open keyboard manager? ›

Press INSERT+F2 to open the Run JAWS Manager dialog, then press K, followed by ENTER. When you start the Keyboard Manager from within an application, the Keyboard Manager automatically opens the key map file for that application.

How do I only use the keyboard on Device Manager? ›

Method 1: Right-click the Start button or press the Windows Logo + X key combination on the keyboard and, from the list, click to select Device Manager.

Does Windows 10 have CyberLink? ›

Is CyberLink software designed for touch on Windows 10? CyberLink makes it easy for Windows 10 users to get the most out of their systems with award-winning applications for both “desktop” and “modern” interfaces.

What is power tools for Windows 10? ›

Power Tools for Windows is an electrical engineering analysis software that provides power systems analysis and design software for fault calculations, load flow, coordination, arc flash hazards, motor starting, transient stability, reliability, harmonics, grounding, and cable pulling.

Does Windows 10 still have Gadgets? ›

Gadgets aren't available anymore. Instead, Windows 10 now comes with lots of apps that do many of the same things and much more. You can get more apps for everything from games to calendars. Some apps are better versions of the gadgets you love, and many of them are free.

How do I enable PowerToys in Windows 11? ›

PowerToys Run can help you search and launch your app instantly. To open, use the shortcut Alt + Space and start typing. It is open source and modular for additional plugins. Window Walker is now included as well.

What is not compatible with Windows 11? ›

Windows 11 will only be released for 64-bit systems, so computers with a 32-bit processor will not be able to upgrade. However, 32-bit programs can still be used in the 64-bit environment.

Where is the power management in Windows 11? ›

To adjust power and sleep settings in Windows 11, select Start > Settings > System > Power & battery > Screen and sleep.

Does Windows 11 have inbuilt emulator? ›

Your Windows 11 install likely doesn't include one of the most-anticipated features of the operating system — native Android emulation. This allows you to run Android apps directly on your PC.

Should I run PowerToys as administrator? ›

PowerToys only needs elevated administrator permission when interacting with other applications that are running in administrator mode. If those applications are in focus, PowerToys may not function unless it is elevated as well.

Can I uninstall PowerToys? ›

Method 2: Uninstall PowerToys via Apps and Features/Programs and Features. Look for PowerToys in the list and click on it. The next step is to click on uninstall, so you can initiate the uninstallation.

Is Microsoft Power Toys safe? ›

The first released version of PowerToys can be downloaded from the link below. Download the MSI file as shown in the screenshot. Note that the file has been signed by Janea Systems instead of Microsoft, for now. We checked that it's safe.

Why is pip not recognized Windows? ›

A “pip: command not found” error occurs when you fail to properly install the package installer for Python (pip) needed to run Python on your computer. To fix it, you will either need to re-install Python and check the box to add Python to your PATH or install pip on your command line.

How do I install pip in Windows? ›

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Can Windows 10 run pip? ›

You can easily install PIP on Windows by downloading the installation package, opening the command line, and launching the installer. This tutorial will show how to install PIP on Windows, check its version, upgrade, and configure.

How do I configure my keyboard settings? ›

Set keyboard options
  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open any app that you can type with, like Gmail or Keep.
  2. Tap where you can enter text.
  3. At the top left of the keyboard, tap Open features menu .
  4. Tap More Settings .
  5. Choose which settings to turn on, like Glide typing, Text correction, and Voice typing.

How do I remap my Powertoys key? ›

To remap a shortcut key combination, like Ctrl + C , press Remap a shortcut to launch the Remap Shortcuts settings window. When first launched, no predefined mappings will be displayed. You must select the + button to add a new remap.

How do you fix a keyboard that is typing the wrong letters? ›

Go to Settings > Update & Security > select Troubleshoot. Locate the keyboard troubleshooter and run it. After the scan, follow the troubleshooting instructions on the screen. Restart your computer and check if the problem persists.

What slows down a PC the most? ›

Here are some of the things that may have caused your computer to become so slow: Running out of RAM (Random Access Memory) Running out of disk drive space (HDD or SSD) Old or fragmented hard drive.

Does high performance hurt PC? ›

Running your pc in high performance mode will not harm it. You cpu will not be running at full speed constantly it will still perform as intended. This just allows your computer to be used to its max capacity whenever it needs to be.

Does Windows 10 animations affect performance? ›

Disable shadows, animations and visual effects

On fast, newer PCs, these don't usually affect system performance. But on slower and older PCs, they can exact a performance hit. It's easy to turn them off. In the Windows 10 search box, type sysdm.

How do I find my keyboard in Device Manager? ›

In the System Properties window, click the Hardware tab. On the Hardware tab, in the Device Manager box, click the Device Manager button. In the Device Manager window, double-click Keyboards. Under the Keyboards category, click to select Standard 101/102 keyboard or Microsoft Natural keyboard..

How do I open Task Manager in Windows 10 with keyboard? ›

However, Windows also offers a quick and easy Task Manager key combination that will take you straight to the tool. For this, hold down the [ctrl] + [shift] + [esc] keys at the same time. Task Manager will then open automatically without requiring any further mouse clicks.

What is Ctrl F12? ›

Ctrl + F12 opens a document in Word. Shift + F12 saves the Microsoft Word document (like Ctrl + S ). Ctrl + Shift + F12 prints a document in Microsoft Word.

Why do I have 4 keyboards in Device Manager? ›

Multiple keyboards are normal inside the device manager. It sounds like your laptop needs a keyboard replacement as the symptoms suggest. Press Win+I Keys to open Settings.

How do I manage Device Manager without a mouse? ›

First, press Ctrl + Shift + Esc on your keyboard to launch Task Manager. If it opens up in its compact mode, press the “More details” button. Then, go to the File menu and click or tap on “Run new task.” Finally, press Enter or OK, and Device Manager will immediately open.

How do I control Device Manager without a mouse? ›

To Start Device Manager
  1. Open the “Run” dialog box by pressing and holding the Windows key, then press the R key (“Run”).
  2. Type devmgmt.msc.
  3. Click OK .

Is there a free version of CyberLink? ›

That's where CyberLink comes in with PowerDirector Essential, a free editing suite with all the features you need to create professional-looking video projects! Free video editor software downloads can sometimes come without the features that would come with the paid versions of them.

What is CyberLink and why is it on my computer? ›

CyberLink Media Suite is an all-in-one multimedia suite that opens up the world of digital entertainment on your PC. Among its many features are: Full playback capability for discs, disc folders, video files, and music. Burn music or data discs in a variety of formats.

Is CyberLink PowerDVD free? ›

100% secure & free. No payment info required. Click here to restart the download if it didn't automatically start. Once your download is complete, run the PowerDVD downloader to complete the installation.

What is a power management tool? ›

Power management is a feature that efficiently manages and optimizes the power consumption of computer hardware thereby saving money and energy. A power management program allows you to minimize power consumption without affecting the performance of the system.

What is powertool software? ›

Power Tools is a multi-company construction software suite for contractors. It provides a range of integrated modules which offer complete control over bid solicitation, accounting, payroll, estimating, work order management, equipment tracking, lien tracking, project management, and job costing (JCPM) processes.

What is the main purpose of power tools? ›

Hand and power tools are a common part of our everyday lives and are present in nearly every industry. These tools help us to easily perform tasks that otherwise would be difficult or impossible.

Will Windows 10 stop working after 2025? ›

Technically, the fact that Microsoft will continue to support Windows 10 until 2025 isn't anything new, as Microsoft has been saying this since June 2021. Still, Microsoft said then that Windows 10 would be retired on Oct. 14, 2025 — even though the original lifespan called for it to end support in 2017.

What are the hidden features of Windows 10? ›

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How do I install gadgets on Windows 10? ›

There are no gadgets in Windows 10. You can right click on it's dock at the right side of screen to close it so the gadgets are free-floating. They are then available to change or add new ones by right clicking the Desktop. I hope this helps.

How do I install Powerapps on Windows 10? ›

Go to the Microsoft Store and install Power Apps for Windows. When the app is installed, open it and sign in.

How do I access Microsoft PowerToys? ›

PowerToys Run

To open, use the shortcut Alt + Space and start typing. It is open source and modular for additional plugins. Window Walker is now included as well.

How do I get the power bar on Windows 10? ›

Select Start > Settings > Personalization > Taskbar, and then scroll down to the notification area. Choose Select which icons appear on the taskbar, and then turn on the Power toggle. (Note: The Power toggle is not visible on a system such as a desktop PC that doesn't use battery power.)

How do I add missing power options in Windows 10? ›

How to Fix the "There Are Currently No Power Options Available" Error in Windows 10 & 11
  1. Use the Local Group Policy Editor. ...
  2. Edit the Windows Registry. ...
  3. Restore the Default Power Plan. ...
  4. Use the Power Troubleshooter. ...
  5. Fix the Corrupt Files. ...
  6. Use System Restore. ...
  7. Reset Your Windows PC.
Jul 28, 2022

Does PowerApps have a desktop version? ›

As @K-A-R-L says, the development functionality of the desktop version has now been deprecated. In the desktop version of PowerApps, if you choose the New or Edit App options, the desktop version will open a web browser and redirect you to web studio.
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Can PowerApps be used on desktop? ›

A “desktop” app that is offline and standalone cannot be created by PowerApps. A “web app” that can be be run online by a desktop computer is possible by selected Tablet mode.
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Is PowerApps included in Microsoft 365? ›

1) Included – Office 365 – using PowerApps within the context of Office 365 is included in the service at no additional charge. Qualifying licenses for PowerApps include Business Premium, Business Essentials, F1 Plan, and the E1-E5 Enterprise Plans.

How do I open Power Manager? ›

To open the Dell Power Manager application, click the Windows Start button, and then do one of the following:
  1. Click All Apps > Dell Power Manager.
  2. Type Dell Power Manager in the Search programs and files box. In the search results, click the application to start it.

How do I find the hidden power user menu in Windows 10? ›

There are two equally simple ways to access the Power User menu. If you're a fan of keyboard shortcuts, then press Windows+X (hence the nickname “WinX” menu). The Power User menu will open. Another way is by just right-clicking the Start menu in the bottom-left corner of your desktop.

How do you unlock advanced power options in Windows 10? ›

To begin the power management process on a Windows 10 desktop, click the Change settings that are currently unavailable option on the home pane. Then, click Change plan settings. To see the full scope of Windows 10 power management options, click Change advanced power settings.

Why power icon is disabled in Windows 10? ›

It's possible that the battery icon was simply disabled or never turned on in the first place. You can fix this issue by toggling the Power option to show up in your system tray. Right-click on an empty space in your taskbar, then select Taskbar settings. This is going to open up the appropriate Settings app page.

How do I enable Power Options in Windows 10? ›

If you don't see Power Options, type the word power in the Search Control Panel box and then select Choose a power plan. By default, the option to change power plans is disabled. To enable it, select Change settings that are currently unavailable link.

How do I get to Power Options in Windows? ›

To adjust power and sleep settings in Windows 10, go to Start , and select Settings > System > Power & sleep.

Why is my power plan not available Windows 10? ›

Open Windows Settings by Pressing Windows + I and choose Update & Security > Troubleshoot > Additional Troubleshooters. Under Additional Troubleshooters settings click on the Power and click on Run the troubleshooter. This will run the troubleshooter settings and fix the Power Related issue on your Windows 10 laptop.

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