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Saturday, July 09, 2005

Improved Kinesis keyboard remapping

The Kinesis keyboard (shown below) is helpful to many people like myself with wrist problems, because it moves several frequently used keys from the pinky fingers to the more powerful thumbs (like Ctrl and Alt).

contoured-keyboard

However I still find myself using my left pinky quite a bit to hit the Tab and Shift keys (highlighted in yellow below):

highlighted

Fortunately the keyboard lets you remap keys. I would like to share the following remapping, which seems to be working better for me (less wrist pain). Basically I have remapped Tab and Shift to the thumb keys:

remapped

I love how Page Up, Page Down, Home, and End still make sense in their new positions.

Hope this is helpful to others.

Update: Actually it may be better to put Tab on the left thumb rather than the right, because you're used to having it on the left side.

4 Comments:

  • If you have wrist problems, have you ever tried learning the DVORAK keyboard layout? Apparently it's much more comfortable, helps reduce nasty things like carpel tunnel syndrome, and allows one to type faster.

    By Anonymous CHaN, at 7/09/2005 3:03 PM  

  • Hi CHaN - Hm! Learning DVORAK has crossed my mind actually.

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 7/13/2005 10:34 PM  

  • Any idea of how to remap keys to other (unicode) code points in a normal, non-Kinesis Windows (XP) setup? While trivial to do on *x systems with xkb and/or xmodmap, it seems more or less impossible on a modern Windows system.

    By Blogger Johan Sundström, at 7/16/2006 7:56 AM  

  • Hi Johan--I would recommend AutoHotKey for remapping keys (and a ton of other macro stuff).

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 7/16/2006 9:57 AM  

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