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How to remap keyboard keys on Windows 11, 10


  • To remap a keyboard key on Windows 11 and 10, open PowerToys > Keyboard Manager > Remap a key, configure the key remap and save changes.
  • To remap a shortcut on Windows 11 and 10, open PowerToys > Keyboard Manager > Remap a shortcut, configure the shortcut remap and save changes.

On Windows 11 (or 10), you can remap keys and shortcuts in different ways, but I have found that using PowerToys is the fastest and easiest method, and in this guide, I’ll show you how.

If you use your computer for gaming or work, sometimes you may need to reassign some keys and shortcuts to different keys or a combo of keys because it makes more sense or can help improve productivity. 

Regardless of the reason, Windows 11 doesn’t include a feature to change the actions of keys or shortcuts, but you can use tools like PowerToys from Microsoft to remap virtually any key globally or for a specific application. The app also works to remap shortcuts. You can even create remaps to launch apps, URIs, and web pages.

In this guide, I will teach you how to quickly use the PowerToys app to remap keys and shortcuts on Windows 11 and even on Windows 10.

Remap keyboard keys on Windows

To remap keys on your keyboard on Windows 11 (or 10), use these steps:

  1. Open PowerToys.

  2. Click on Keyboard Manager.

  3. Turn on the “Enable Keyboard Manager” toggle switch.

  4. Click the “Remap a key” option.

    PowerToys keyboard manager

  5. Click the “Add key remapping” button.

  6. Choose the “Send key/Shortcut” option.

  7. Click the Select button.

    Remap keyboard key

  8. Press the keyboard key to remap (source).

  9. Click the OK button.

  10. Click the Select button to set the “To send” setting.

  11. Press the keyboard key to remap (destination).

    Quick note: You can remap virtually any key. For example, if the “Windows” key isn’t working, you can map it to one of the functions or extra keys available on the keyboard you typically don’t use. You can also remap to a keyboard shortcut.

  12. Click the OK button.

  13. Click the OK button again.

  14. Click the Continue anyway button (if applicable).

Once you complete the steps, the key will now perform the action of the new key mapping on Windows 11.

Remap keyboard shortcuts on Windows

To remap keyboard shortcuts on Windows, use these steps:

  1. Open PowerToys.

  2. Click on Keyboard Manager.

  3. Turn on the “Enable Keyboard Manager” toggle switch.

  4. Click the “Remap a Shortcuts” option.

    Keyboard manager remap shortcuts

  5. Click the “Add shortcut remapping” button in the “Select” setting.

  6. Click the Shortcut (pen) button.

  7. Confirm the keyboard shortcut to remap in the setting (for example, “ALT + T”).

    Quick note: PowerToys also support “chords,” allowing you to specify two modifiers for the shortcut so that you can use two variations of the shortcut to execute the shortcut, but this is an optional function.

  8. Click the OK button.

  9. Select the action from the “To” setting.

    Windows remap shortcut settings

    Quick tip: You can map a shortcut to another keyboard key or shortcut. You can also remap the shortcut to open an application or URI, meaning a web page or specific settings page.

  10. Confirm the shortcut remap (according to your selection).

    Quick note: In my example, I use the “ms-settings:appsfeatures” URI that opens the “Installed apps” settings page. You can learn more about Windows 11 URIs on this page.
  11. (Optional) Specify the name of the “.exe” program (for example, msedge.exe (Edge), explorer.exe (File Explorer), and chrome.exe (Google Chrome)) to target the shortcut on a specific application.

  12. Click the OK button.

After you complete the steps, the Windows shortcut remap will perform the action you configured in the application.

If you want to remove the remap, you can go to the “Remap a key” or “Remap shortcuts” page and click the “Delete” (trash) button for the action you want to remove.

Although PowerToys can make it easier to remap keys and shortcuts on Windows, it’s important to note that the application doesn’t make system changes, meaning that the remaps will only work as long as PowerToys is running on the system.

Update July 8, 2024: This guide has been updated to ensure accuracy and reflect changes to the process.

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