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One-button pasting

 11:10 pm on Mar 10, 2010 (gmt 0)

Is there a way to program my F12 or similar button on my Vista notebook computer to paste when I push it down? That would be so much faster than having to CNTL+V all the time.

Any other suggestions for one-button pasting are appreciated as well. I'd prefer not to have to install software to do this.



 11:37 pm on Mar 10, 2010 (gmt 0)

Most of these keyboard mappings are maintained in the Registry. You can manually remap a key function, but there are a number of little utilities out there what will do what you want. Search Bing for "keyboard remapper" and see what you come up with.

Personally, I won't do it. To me there is little to no difference in CTRL-V vs a single key.


 2:14 am on Mar 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

Those keyboard re-mapping programs are easier than digging through the registry settings that's for sure. Aside from this particular function you can do some very useful things like turning off Caps Lock. ;)

Back in the Windows 2000 days I used Scan Code Mapper for Windows [microsoft.com] to alter keyboard input. I'm not sure that still works with Vista though.

The Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools [microsoft.com] has Remapkey.exe: Remap Windows Keyboard Layout
Beware: Windows 2003 tools aren't all tested to work on Vista or 7. I have read that Remapkey.exe does however work just fine with Vista.

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