I'm trying to bind a button on my mouse to one on my keyboard, but the one on my keyboard needs to do nothing except serve as my Ventrilo hotkey. For some weird reason I can't bind things like Shift (unless its a Shift + key kind of thing).

Does anyone know of a key on an average keyboard that does nothing?



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    BUT EVERYONE LOVES CAPS LOCK! – jtbandes Jul 22 '09 at 4:06
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    You spelt Billy Mays wrong. – random Jul 22 '09 at 4:23
  • R I P – Paused until further notice. Jul 22 '09 at 5:21
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    I disagree that capslock does 'nothing'. It's a way to prevent you from being able to log in after your screensaver activates, forcing you to call into the IT help desk to reset your password since you exceeded the bad login attempts. – Darren Hall Dec 7 '09 at 8:23

Scroll Lock. It's what I use for my Vent key. I've never missed it when doing stuff while chatting in Vent.

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    Its not like Scroll Lock has no use at all... one can use it on Excel to scroll through the document without moving the cell cursor (or whatever it's called). I do agree though that most apps don't seem to have a use for Scroll Lock. – Shivasubramanian A Jul 22 '09 at 5:11

Depends on your keyboard. Usually the medium to high F-keys (F13F16 on my older Apple keyboard) aren't used for much. On Windows keyboards, scroll lock isn't used much. Is there not a way to set Ventrilo to use a mouse button rather than a key?

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  • Awwww man! You beat me by 13 seconds. :) – Dan Walker Jul 22 '09 at 4:03
  • "Is there not a way to set Ventrilo to use a mouse button?" Windows can bind mouse buttons 1-5. If I want to bind button 6 or 7 I need to map them to a key on my keyboard. – pgs Jul 22 '09 at 4:10
  • It's a Windows limitation? That's interesting... @Dan: sorry! Though considering that my response is 2 or 3 times longer :P – jtbandes Jul 22 '09 at 4:20
  • @jtbandes: I always thought it was a windows limitation... but I could be wrong. – pgs Jul 22 '09 at 10:34
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    there are more than 12 function keys? – RCIX Aug 6 '09 at 1:00
  • Scroll Lock

  • Pause (though ctrl-pause does do something)

  • Shift+PrintScreen

Though all these keys tend to be piled together in a hard-to-reach area in the keyboard.

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  • Pause is super helpful when playing flash games! – Swanand Jul 22 '09 at 5:30
  • Pause does stuff; just open most any decent game and pressing it will pause it. – RCIX Aug 6 '09 at 0:58

F7 - F10 rarely do anything. Or you can try Win+[key].

Opera, for some inexplicable reason, uses F8 by default for selecting the address bar (every other browser and file manager uses F6). One app (KATE I think) uses F10 for word wrap, so I added this to other apps where possible.

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  • F7 - caret browsing in many browsers. F10 goes to the menu bar. And you don't seem to have used any Orthodox File Manager, apparently :-) – Joey Sep 25 '09 at 19:00

I used ~ (which is next to the 1 on my QWERTY board) and it worked fine for Ventrillo while playing World of Warcraft.

However the only annoyance is typing while having to click that button :P You will erase selected text or just have to live with clicking that isn't editable.

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I have a keyboard with several "extra" keys I don't actually use or want, so I'd remap my "Email" or "power off" key to the other purpose.

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Alt Gr is always the first to go on my set ups, usually remapped to standard Alt.

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    Do that on a German keyboard and you can't type "@" any more :/ (not to mention {,[,],} or \ ). Yes, coding is tough here :) – Joel in Gö Dec 7 '09 at 12:38

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