Remap Keyboard due to hardware issue

Discussion in 'macOS' started by mferni, Feb 18, 2009.

  1. mferni macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2008
    Is there a way to program certain keyboard keys?

    My situation is this. I have a macbook and the "W" key was ripped off of the keyboard by my two year old. Its not easy to repair because the plastic hinge thing and the little metal clips on the keyboard face that the plastic hinge thing connect to fell (were ripped) off.

    I'd rather not pay for a repair as its not under warranty anymore (probably wouldn't cover this anyway.)

    So my question, is there a way for me to program a keystroke sequence that would print W on the screen? For instance CMD+FN+F5 (just an example).

    I have 10.5.5 leopard.

  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    I would suggest using the Keyboard pane of System Preferences for this, but I'm not sure if that will work since you can't physically press the broken W key.
  3. mferni thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2008
    I looked in the preferences and found the mouse/keyboard settings, but I don't see anything that will allow me to do this? (I can get W to press, although its not pretty.) I see lots of items with regard to setting up shortcut commands for lack of a better term?

    Could you provide some guidance on this? I would so much appreciate it!

  4. mferni thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2008
    Just for thread completeness I thought I would post what I have found.

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    Ukelele - Mac OS X Keyboard Layout Editor.

    Essentally you create an additional custom keyboard.

    This seems to do what I want, but its not the easiest to use.

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