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I work in an environment (Win10) where you are allowed to modify files in your user folder, but are not allowed admin or the ability to run any executable file. I am also not allowed to modify the registry. I am not allowed access to CMD, but I do have access to PowerShell (the latest version in constrained language mode, and PowerShell v2 in full language mode). I want to do this with the existing hardware (laptop), rather than use my external keyboard. How can I remap the keys to Colemak layout?

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How can I remap the keys to the Colemak keyboard layout?

This cannot be done given the restrictions you describe. You cannot use the layout in question without a third-party application, even if Windows 10 had a native Colemak keyboard layout, you don't have the permission required to change your keyboard layout.

Due to the restrictions you are under what you want is not possible.

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You could find a hardware solution.

There are:

  • Keyboards who's firmware you can edit.
  • Keyboards who have on-board software, usually aimed at remapping keys.
  • Mechanical keyboards that allow you to physically rearrange your keys.
  • Custom printed keyboards

These guys kept coming up in my searches:

  • TypeMatrix 2030 (Fn + F5)
  • WASDv2
  • WASD Code
  • Kinesis advantage
  • Vortex Pok3r

I even found a javascript tool, straight from colemak.com: https://colemak.com/Converter

I think it's likely you could find a projection virtual keyboard you could reprogram and then use, too.

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  • I already have a programmable keyboard, I just want to be able to use the laptop keyboard with Colemak as well as my external keyboard. – Merlin04 Aug 24 '18 at 22:10
  • @Merlin04 I submitted an edit to the question, to note that hardware is an additional constraint. – undrline - Reinstate Monica Aug 27 '18 at 17:45

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