Windows 10 will welcome a keyboard manager based on PowerToys system tools

Although Windows 10 allows users to modify registry key values to remap key strokes, this is far from “customizing as they please.” The good news is that there are many third-party software on the market, such as SharpKeys, that can help users write this information directly to the registry for more personalized customization. However, it has been announced recently that Microsoft is on track to bring an official version of The Keyboard Manager to Windows 10 with the PowerToys suite.

Windows 10 will welcome a keyboard manager based on PowerToys system tools

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As an advanced tool, PowerToys enables users to implement features ranging from startup programs to faster search experiences.

Recently, however, the PowerToys team quietly revealed that the company was developing keyboard manager features that allow users to re-map keystrokes.

For developers and experienced heavy users, the keyboard is still a major tool for completing tasks. The ability to remap keys and activate executables can bring significant benefits.

The PowerToys review on GitHub not only generated a lot of discussion, but also came in second place on the hot topic list.

Windows 10 will welcome a keyboard manager based on PowerToys system tools

(UI refreshing and simple)

It is reported that Windows 10 is about to welcome the Hot Key Manager , which is available for PC/notebook built-in and external keyboards.

The tool supports system-level remapping, provides a lightweight UI experience, and Microsoft considers the following features:

(1) Disable some of the system’s default shortcuts, such as WinKey and C.

(2) System-level hotkeys will be higher than the application’s shortcuts. In Excel, for example, Alt-Enter triggers system-level actions rather than prioritizing specific actions in Excel.

(3) Winkey shortcuts take precedence over application-specific shortcuts.

Windows 10 will welcome a keyboard manager based on PowerToys system tools

(Features at a glance)

It’s worth noting that keyboard manager only requests a restart if necessary, which means that users can perform some remapping more easily without having to restart the system frequently.

The tool is still in early development, and subsequent improvements will be made to the application’s hotkey support. It remains to be seen which stable version of PowerToys will be pushed to more people.