Saturday, May 19, 2012

Remapping Lenova Keys

At work, I have a new Lenova T420 laptop which has a different keyboard layout than my wonderful Dell XPS 15z and it’s been driving me nuts. Specifically two issues

  1. The Ctrl and Fn keys are flipped
  2. The Fn+<arrow key> map to media buttons instead of Page Up, Page Down, Home, and End.

Apparently Lenova’s are infamous for #1, so much so that they added a special BIOS setting to go ahead and flip them (apparently Fn is a very special key which isn’t recognized by the OS and needs to be done at this low level)! So just go ahead and restart your computer, and press F12 at the opportunity, and hunt it down in the BIOS settings.

#2 was easily done using using KeyTweak. Note that while you can’t technically remap or create new Fn+<other key> combinations, you can remapped the media keys, which is effectively the same here.

Now I am happy, and I think I fixed the issue early enough that my wires aren’t too crossed.  

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