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I would like to remap a pause/break key into my dell inspiron 1545's keyboard, but all the utilities I've tried so far either haven't worked or don't support remapping of key "outside of the alphabet"

Sorry, I didn't make my post clear.

I don't have a pause/break key on my keyboard, but I need one for some of the programs I use (and no, I can't use +C or something to replace it)

I was hoping to be able to remap F12 to pause/break. If someone could write the AHK script for me that would be great, because I have no experience using the program.

I'm using Vista Home Premium

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and the OS is ...? – akira Jun 22 '10 at 8:15
and what utilities did you try already? – Gnoupi Jun 22 '10 at 8:27

You could give AutoHotKey a try.

It is quite powerful, from what I experienced. According to their key list, your key should be supported:

  • Pause
  • Break -- Since this is synonymous with Pause, use ^CtrlBreak in hotkeys instead of ^Pause or ^Break.

If it has a special code, you can also retrieve it, following instructions on the same page.

The instruction to remap F12 to Pause is simply like this:

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I use AHK to map pause/break to pause/play! – Phoshi Jun 22 '10 at 8:11

I used Sharpkeys to swap places my Win and LCtrl buttons. (For using same hotkeys for Mac and Win) Actually it can map any key to any another key.

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+1 for not having to have a tool run in the background 24/7. – Darth Android Jun 22 '10 at 9:37
I love it too. I just tried, and it worked great, minus the part about not supporting the pause/break key, which I looked up on the forums – D'Arvit Jun 22 '10 at 12:07

For a mainframe screen I needed the pause/break key, but it's not available on a Dell Inspiron 1464 model.

  • For Pause use Fn with Ins

  • For Break use Fn with Delete

No need to remap any keys.

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xmodmap can remap any key that generates a recognizable scan code.

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The question is tagged windows vista – Michael Kohne May 21 '12 at 19:25
@Michael: It wasn't when I answered. – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams May 21 '12 at 21:31

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