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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:27 pm 
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If you use modern windows os, then you can use a Corsair Keyboard I have the K55, which
a.) with iCue lets you map and key to any other key/macro you want
b.) auto switch its mode when you launch a program
c.) has a lock key which you can program to disable anything you want.

However it can store such info onboard, so if you know somebody with a modern OS, you could program the keyboard to lock what you want, and then use it on an older one.


Also worth mentioning, I've never had any issues with the caps lock key "locking" on windows from 3.1 to now. Sounds like a driver issue.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:51 pm 
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The registry thing mentioned earlier to remap keys etc. only works in NT line, it doesn't work in 9x. You will have to hack the keyboard VXD directly to get rid of winkey or do like me in past and put tape on the contacts inside the keyboard.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 1:57 am 
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Or in other OSes like Linux or BSD you can map any key to anything you want. My "windows" key is a Ctrl.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 6:48 am 
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The generic term for that key on PC-like platforms is "Super key". Mac keyboards have the place of interest symbol (⌘) instead of the Windows logo, obviously. Wikipedia uses a squared plus sign (⊞).

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 7:56 am 
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On Amiga keyboards they are called Amiga and Open Amiga, but I think some also had a "boing" key, in one of the branches of the holy wars.

http://www.wasdkeyboards.com/index.php/ ... board.html <- you can have Win 7, Win 8, Tux, Ubuntu, Amiga or Mac design on the keys. Or even whatever else you want


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 1:36 pm 
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Oziphantom wrote:
This is just sad...
Ok the Windows key is a really nice key in windows..

Thanks for a different opinion! Yes, I noticed Microsoft+D being potentially useful, I might even like using that function (at least if it were not having a company logo on the key). NoKey95 doesn't actually disable that key combinations - it does only prevent losing keyboard focus & start menu popping up when pushing & releasing the microsoft keys.

koitsu wrote:
I didn't realise Windows 98 was a requirement here.

Well, not a general requirement for the whole thread. It's just what I am using & what I've tested so far.

Memblers wrote:
The windows keys on this keyboard also have a large, round indentation on them. I'm not sure if that's a common thing or not

The indentation as such sounds useful, something like that is mentioned under Licensing on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_key - I guess PC keyboard makers are simply not allowed to use different designs or logos without permission, or if they do, they might be unable to declare the keyboard (or the whole pc) as "compatible with microsoft windows". Or maybe they just can't use different symbols because millions of customers would then complain that they can't find the "windows key" on their keyboards.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 6:02 pm 
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Nowadays, I mainly use WindowsKey+Tab, which can be used to move a nonresponsive fullscreen program to another desktop, so you can kill it.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 10:03 pm 
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As an physical alternative, you might just take the keycap off? Maybe that leaves an objectionable open key hole though... Could go further and break off or drill out the stem from the windows key so it can't press the switch.

If you're into buckling springs I think you can order Unicomp keyboards without a windows key. They're a little bit expensive though.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 6:06 am 
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How practical would it be to 3D print a replacement keycap that's less tall? That way, it would feel recessed compared to the other keys, giving a bit more tactile reference as to where the fingers are. Compare how the Caps Lock key (to the left of the home row) is shaped on a ThinkPad keyboard like mine: there's a gap between the tallest part of the key cap and A.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 6:21 pm 
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Windows+PauseBreak opens computer properties - very useful.
Try hardware approach - put small rectangular 1cmx1cm piece of paper between the two conductive foils of keyboard matrix under the key you want to permanently disable :D


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:01 am 
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I fully agree with these new keys to be annoying. When they first came out I also kept hitting them by accident (why in the world would you need TWO dedicated keys for that stupid start button??), and when doing that in a full-screen application, like a game, it would often minimize the game or do other weird stuff.

I eventually got used to it I guess, and I do use the left windows key when I feel like operating Windows without the mouse, or to use above-mentioned short-cuts. But I still find the right windows key useless and just making the keyboard unnecessarily cramped and complicates the use of Alt Gr as you said. The menu key however, I find useful when operating without the mouse to speed up the work.

Talking about cramped area around Alt Gr, since I'm working in Japan I had to get used to Japanese keyboards which are even worse in this department. Japanese keyboards seems to get rid of the useless right windows key so there are space for a bunch of Japanese input-related keys, that nobody are using because everyone use the romaji input method which doesn't require any special keys.

I've seen keyboards without a logo at all on the windows/super key. I just thought they didn't have the rights to make it. I'd prefer some neutral symbol on it though.

Back to topic, yeah I'd look into a mechanical keyboard with ability to disable these keys (if windows 98 can take modern USB keyboards that is). I think the Ducky keyboards are cool because they don't rely on any fancy drivers, just the standard stuff. All features are internal to the keyboard and should therefore work with anything that supports USB keyboards.


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