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ELOQUINTET

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can i disable keys on my keyboard?
« on: December 01, 2003, 10:42:08 AM »
hey i was wondering can i disable certain keys on my keyboard. for instance i rarely use the [{ and ]} keys and am constantly hitting them when trying to hit enter. is there a way to turn them off or even make them enter?

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« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2003, 11:03:45 AM »
You sure can. It's amazing what a good hammer and a precise hit will do to a keyboard. GOOD LUCK  :twisted:

Dent Cermak

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« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2003, 11:12:48 AM »
Or take a small screw driver and pop them suckers off.

ELOQUINTET

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« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2003, 11:16:13 AM »
ummm that's not exactly the method i was thinking but thanks for the suggestions...

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« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2003, 11:21:02 AM »
Anytime Dan, anytime. If you are ever in a need of a smart ass comment, just give me a ring.  :wink:

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« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2003, 11:35:34 AM »
i knew i could count on you   :twisted:

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« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2003, 11:39:36 AM »
Actually I do believe you can remap the keys to do absolutely nothing....let me see if I can find the info on it. I used to do it several years ago, but I don't know if it works on these newfangled operating systems.
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« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2003, 01:05:37 PM »
I remaped ALL my keys to do nothing....jobs a breeze now!

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« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2003, 01:43:02 PM »
the bears in hibernation eh  :lol:

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« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2003, 02:19:52 PM »
Well, I have found some info for you....
but, as many others have done already, let us know what OS you are using. It will be much easier to give you the solution.

At any rate here is the solution for XP and Win2000
Code: [Select]

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout]
"Scancode Map"=hex:00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,03,00,00,00,00,00,1a,00,00,00,1b,00,\
  00,00,00,00


Cut and paste the above code into KeysOff.reg, then merge it with your registry. Next reboot your computer. The [] keys will then be disabled.

To enable the keys again, open Regedit and browse to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout" and delete the key "Scancode Map"

Have fun!!!!

(now I have to reboot to enable my keys since I disabled them to test it)
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« Reply #10 on: December 01, 2003, 02:52:35 PM »
woah this seems rather complicated at least to me the novice. i found the editor and followed the path and have a couple questions. do i have to create the keyoff.reg because i don't see anything? how do i do this. then how do i merge this into my registry? lost in space???

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« Reply #11 on: December 01, 2003, 02:58:44 PM »
I have a saying that has served me well in regards to the registry...."He who edits the registry forfeits his soul".
Keeps me from seriously screwin' up. (Sometimes!)

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« Reply #12 on: December 01, 2003, 03:44:08 PM »
Copy and paste the code I provided in notepad. Save the new document as KeysOff.reg
Close notepad.
Right click on KeysOff.reg and select "merge"
In the resulting window, select "Yes" to confirm the merge.
Reboot.
The keys will be disabled.

To re-enable the keys.

Start-->Run
Type Regedit click OK
Select the + next to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE"
Select the + next to "System"
Select the + next to "CurrentControlSet"
Select the + next to "Control"
Select "Keyboard Layout" (not "Keyboard Layouts" with an s)
In the right pane right click on "Scancode Map"
Select "Delete"
In the resulting window select "Yes"
Close Regedit
Reboot Computer
Keys will work again.

This is quite simple and is explained (but not quite so well) at microsoft.com

I had to retrieve the key codes to make it work, but the good news is that this is the microsoft described way to make it work.

FYI The registry key "Scancode Map" is not in the registry by default. So deleting it has no ill effects except the remapped keys are mapped back to the original value.

Oh, and the registry is not some deep dark secret that you should avoid at all costs, indeed the registry, once understood, can make the Windows customizers job much easier.

Do not fear the registry, just back it up before modifying if you are fearful of screwing it up.
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« Reply #13 on: December 03, 2003, 09:46:54 PM »
Well Dan.... does it work????? Did you try it? .... do I need to send you a program to do it for you??
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