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KeyExtender Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — KeyExtender

KeyExtender helps you to save your time and increase productivity.
$19.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 120 (28%) 308 (72%) 35 comments

KeyExtender was available as a giveaway on February 20, 2010!

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KeyExtender provides users with an effective solution to quickly and easily change keyboard mapping. The program offers a host of features, enabling a user to assign hot keys to perform predefined actions, use multimedia keys on the standard 101/102 keyboard, and many more.

KeyExtender allows you to:

  • Replace a key with any other keys;
  • Insert frequently used text such as your email address with a single keystroke;
  • Assign adjusting volume control to a single keystroke;
  • Assign eject/close cdrom drive to one key press;
  • Disable keyboard keys(such as win key) temporary.
  • Assign hotkey combination or even a sequence of combinations such as 'Ctrl+A, Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V' to one key

Many more useful functions has been predefined in the software.

System Requirements:

Windows 2000/XP/Vista





File Size:

1.31 MB



Comments on KeyExtender

I've found this to be very unfriendly - and very undocumented. (The online user guide reads more like 5 sentences listing the basic "features").

To give an example - the first few minutes of using KeyExtender - I was battling with 2 error messages. I clicked on the "change" button - and got a message Change successfully!The change can be applied after clicking the Activate button." - When you click on the Activate button - you get a message to please "change the key first".

After defining a few keys - I decided to remove them - and just couldn't remove the last key mapping - if you click on the key mapping - and try to reset it, you will get a message that the change was successful - and KeyExtender puts the key mapping back. Solution right click on the mapping in the grid and select remove from there (Don't use the Reset Key button).

Clearly this hasn't been put through any sort of workflow or user testing (that is your job today). If all goes well this should be the first user interface "EasySoft" have designed. (This is certainly by no means at "commercial software" level of polish and function)

Save yourself the hassle - just go with the freeware on this one (the freeware is so much better).

KeyTweak - 2.3.0
How do I ... remap my keyboard with KeyTweak?

Sharp Keys 3.0 note: lots of blogs etc point to older versions for download
Map Any Key to Any Key on Windows 7 / XP / Vista
Remap Keyboard (With Sharp Keys)

How does this all work? (Slightly Techie)

To map entire strings or text passages etc to a keystroke - It is more useful and flexible to use a package such as Phrase Express. Freeware for personal use.

(All of the freeware is reported to be compatible with at least XP, Vista and Win7).

Reply   |   Comment by BuBBy  –  Feb 20th, 2010 at 07:59 am
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The Good
* Straightforward and easy to use.
* Allows users to remap any keyboard key to any keyboard key (based on a standard keyboard).
* In addition to remapping individual keys to individual keys, allows users to map keys to do other tasks, such as insert predefined text, clean text, simulate a sequence of keypresses, make one key do the work of multiple key keyboard shortcut, etc.
* Supports remapping of "multimedia" keys in addition to the standard keyboard keys.
* Users can suspend/activate the program at will.
* Users can save/load settings at will.
* Has a feature which allows users to disable the keyboard.

The Bad
* Windows 7 users (and Windows Vista?) must either run the program in compatibility mode or restart computer after installation.
* The program manual claims KeyExtender is able to remap keys to the registry (instead of remapping at the program level) but there is no clear way on how to do this.

Free Alternatives
Comfort Keys Lite

For final verdict, recommendations, and full review please click here.

Reply   |   Comment by Ashraf  –  Feb 20th, 2010 at 08:03 am
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Seems, from its description, as similar to "iTouch" of "Logitech", so if anyone has a Logitech Keyboard, than downloading (free) and installing it enhances natively the Keyboard abilities.
["By downloading iTouch software, you’ll be able to customize the time-saving F-keys and hot keys. In addition, you can easily program the iTouch keys to launch the applications of your choice."]
[for example - for WinXP - http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/478/3362&cl=us,en?softwareid=643&osid=1&section=downloads]

Reply   |   Comment by NorthernWolf  –  Feb 20th, 2010 at 08:17 am
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