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10.4: Modify the modifier keys' behavior System 10.4
Tiger only hintSpotlight and Dashboard and Mail 2.0 etc. may all be cool and sexy crowd pleasers, but the Tiger feature that has made me the most happy so far is so small that you almost don't see it at first: It's modifier-key remapping, built right into the Keyboard & Mouse System Preferences panel! Yes, uControl has been enabling this feature for many dot releases now, but it's great to see that Apple finally decided that it was important enough to support out of the box.

To access it, bring up System Preferences, select Keyboard & Mouse, and then click on Modifier Keys...

You can now remap Caps Lock, Control, Option, and Command to your heart's content! My only remaining wish is that you'd be able to control them on a per-keyboard basis, just like in uControl -- my internal and external keyboards have different key layouts. Oh well; I guess there's always 10.4.1...
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10.4: Modify the modifier keys' behavior
Authored by: vgz on May 03, '05 12:22:09PM

I just wish it would let me remap the enter key on my 17" Powerbook. Looks like I have to wait for an update to uControl to get my second fn key back.

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VGZ:
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10.4: Modify the modifier keys' behavior
Authored by: tji on May 03, '05 12:22:52PM

Yes, this is nice to be able to disable the CAPS LOCK key.


But, the main thing I used uControl for is missing.. The "enter" key next to the arrow keys on a PowerBook is essentially useless. Remapping that to "fn" allows a quick one-handed PgUp/PgDn functionality.

Does anyone know of a project like uControl that plans on supporting Tiger? Based on the uControl mailing list archives, it doesn't look like they are planning an update.



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10.4: Modify the modifier keys' behavior
Authored by: datasmid on May 03, '05 05:27:42PM

Disabling Capslock alone is worth $129 !



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Research on fully using this feature
Authored by: greengeek on May 03, '05 07:40:44PM

I was pleased to see this feature added to 10.4, but sadly, it does not allow for different settings for multiple keyboards. This becomes an annoyance for me, as I have a Logitech Cordless Desktop MX keyboard and mouse which I use with my Powerbook. While I'm at my desk, I need to swap Cmd and Option for the Logitech, but not on the built-in keyboard when I take it with me. So I decided to start hunting for where these settings are stored.

After a couple hours of poking around, I located the plist that contains these settings, and began deciphering the format they are stored in. I have the format info, and what I think is the means to modify it on the fly. I am going to work on a script of some type to make changing the settings easier. Once I have this finished, I will submit everything I have as a full hint so that it gets more visibility than this older topic.

In the meantime, if anyone has some info on how to detect a USB keyboard being plugged in/removed and call a script when this happens, I would be much obliged.

Stay tuned!



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Research on fully using this feature
Authored by: supersteen on Jul 19, '05 12:38:44AM

Hey Greengeek,
any news about your script for switching "Modifier Keys"-settings? :-)

/Steen



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10.4: Modify the modifier keys' behavior
Authored by: ar on May 03, '05 11:23:37PM

Great news indeed. Can you remap capslock to the control key? This is the main reason for uControl for me.

The problem with uControl is that when you wake from sleep you sometimes have to hit the capslock key once, otherwise you end up with a 'stuck' control key.

Does the apple solution remove this limitation?



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10.4: Modify the modifier keys' behavior
Authored by: profit on Jun 06, '05 12:36:08AM
Mac Geekery has an applescript to change between PC layout and Mac layout modifier keys using interface scripting. Great for those of us that have more than one keyboard and switch between them.

http://www.macgeekery.com/tips/configuration/gui_automation_with_applescript

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10.4: Modify the modifier keys' behavior
Authored by: conrad on Jul 12, '05 01:17:41PM
Here is my method for getting the Command and Option Keys to be correctly arranged on the notebook's built-in keyboard as well as the external keyboard without the need for a script to switch between them.

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