6 Replies Latest reply: May 28, 2009 11:37 AM by BDAqua
bythecshore Level 1 (25 points)
I'm doing a bunch of data entry and would like to have a tab key on the right side of my keyboard. For example, I'd like to re-map the "F19" to to be a tab key.

Is this possible?

iMac 2.46 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.4.8), iPhone 3G, Dell laptop at work;
  • hpr3 Level 5 (5,730 points)
    See System Preferences>Keyboard & Mouse>Keyboard Shortcuts.
  • bythecshore Level 1 (25 points)
    Yes, I tried that, but it didn't work. In the "Menu Title" I entered "Tab", and in the shortcut field I typed the F19 key. Didn't work.

    Maybe I did it wrong? Can you be more specific?
  • hpr3 Level 5 (5,730 points)
    Try the ? button in the KeyBoard Shortcuts window which will take you to Help. I'm afraid my knowledge is limited in this area and maybe someone with more expertise will come along to help you.
  • Limnos Level 8 (47,161 points)
    I'll let you sort these out if there's an answer in them.


    [Apple developer site key binding information|http://developer.apple.com/documentation/Cocoa/Conceptual/EventOver view/TextDefaultsBindings/chapter9_section2.html]


    [DoubleCommand|http://doublecommand.sourceforge.net> is software for Mac OS X (a kernel extension) that lets you remap keys. Has a preset variety of key modifier remappings, specifically for adapting PC keyboards to Mac users.

    [Ukelele Mac OS X Keyboard Layout Editor|http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?site_id=nrsi&id=ukelele] - mostly useful for character, not function mapping.

    [See post #9 re. Quicksilver|http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6126_102-0.html?forumID=10&threadID=928 87&messageID=1048712] - programming hotkeys for applications
  • farrago Level 1 (0 points)
    I tried quicksilver and KeyCue and finally landed on a free program called "Spark". I used it to make a hot key that launches an application, but it had a lot more hotkey features and it was free.

  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,202 points)
    Thanks for the great tip farrago!