Remap Eject-key to Forward Delete

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mckyvlle, Jan 2, 2008.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 21, 2007
    London, UK
    Is it possible to remap the Eject-key to forward delete (fn+delete) on the SR MacBook?

    The Eject-key doesn't do very much for me. I would use it more often if it could unmount disk images, but I rather have a single key for forward delete if that's possible.
  2. macrumors 6502

    Jun 18, 2007
    In a Galaxy Far, Far Away
    I can't answer your question, but wow that would really be nice if possilbe. Hope someone answers.
  3. macrumors newbie

    Nov 6, 2007
    im with your on this one. im definately interested in remapping the eject key and the FN key
  4. McGiord, Jan 3, 2008
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2011

    macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2003
    Dark Castle
    I also need a forward "delete" key on my MacBook...unfortunately I don't know how to do what you are suggesting.
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  5. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 21, 2007
    London, UK
    I have looked at DoubleCommand, which can remap other keys, but not the Eject key. Also, Santa Rosa MacBooks do not have the "Enter" key to the right of the Spacebar, instead it is replaced with a Option key. So no option to remap the Enter key as Forward Delete. :(
  6. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 21, 2007
    London, UK
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    Really? The MBPs do...

    You guys know you can do a forward delete with Fn-Del, right? Its not quite as useful as a single button, but its really not that bad because in a typing position, your pinky can easily reach the Fn key as you go up to hit the Del key.
  8. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 21, 2007
    London, UK
    MacBooks used to have then Enter key to the right of the Spacebar. This key is deleted and changed to an Option key during the Santa Rosa update. That update removed the embedded number pad from the keyboard. (So no Numlock key on F6 either.)

    I do know about Fn+Del gives forward delete. But 1 key > 2 keys ;)
  9. jnc
    macrumors 68020


    Jan 7, 2007
    Nunya, Business TX
  10. macrumors member

    Aug 14, 2007
    This can be done.

    Download Ukulele, create a new keylayout.
    Base it on a US layout (downloadable here:
    Map the F12 key to ( )
    Put this in your Users/Library/Keyboard Layouts folder
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 26, 2007
    I use DoubleCommand to remap the little enter key at the bottom as forward delete. I don't think you can use it to map the eject key though.
  12. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 21, 2007
    London, UK
    Cool! Thanks! I'll try it out.

    No, the new Santa Rosa MacBooks no longer have the Enter key at the bottom near the spacebar.
  13. macrumors newbie

    Mar 6, 2008

    Did anyone figure out how to use this program. I want to remap the second alt/option button on the new mbp's the one on the right to forward delete.

    if anyone can help i would really appreciate it!! :)
  14. macrumors newbie

    Mar 6, 2008
    Probably KeyRemap4MacBook does what you want, it has numerous keyboard remap options.
    If not, you can always post a request to the developer, he's very friendly and responsive.

    Visit KeyRemap4MacBook website

    (And in case you wonder... yes, the program also works for Macbookpro's.)
  15. macrumors 6502


    Jun 25, 2007
    anyone know of an app to do this on the windows side of things? I am really missing my Delete key at work.
  16. macrumors regular

    Dec 17, 2008
    DoubleCommand also remaps right option key....

    GUYS, just install DoubleCommand -> it is operated through the System Preferences dialog and automatically activates. You can use it to map Forward delete to either the little ENTER key *OR* the right option key. There's nothing to it!
  17. macrumors 6502

    Aug 15, 2007
    wow, love doublecommand! made the small enter key an option key so my external keyboard matches.
  18. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2005
    Does anyone know of a way to turn the (Late 2008 MBP) 2nd option key into an enter key?

    I'm used to having this from my old machine and use it to accept changes in Photoshop.
  19. macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2010
    Finally! Remapped the EJECT key to FORWARD DELETE with KeyRemap4MacBook . Don't forget to install additional software from their web site (to avoid EJECT key delay):

    BTW, KeyRemap4MacBook is much more powerful than DoubleCommand.
  20. C64
    macrumors 6502a


    Sep 3, 2008
    It works here too, but the key doesn't seem to repeat when you keep it pressed. So you need to press it for each character that you want to forward delete. Is there a way to change this too?
  21. macrumors regular

    Apr 19, 2010
    ON, Canada
    I think that not including the forward delete key is a big mistake by Mac, a lot of people use it on a regular basis and having to use a 2 key combination, especially when the 2 keys are so far away from each other is not an acceptable solution. I spent just a few minutes using BetterToughTool trying to do this sort of remap, with no luck, I'll definitely be trying the solutions suggested here when I get home today. Thanks everyone.


    Right option key is now forward delete. This could not be simper than with KeyRemap4MacBook!

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