Special keys on type cover?

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  1. mmo

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    I am seeking a collection on how one can to generate the typical special keys on the SP3 plus type cover:

    Since some apps are using these I would like to know how to generate:
    Insert:
    Scroll-Lock:
    Num-Lock:

    So far I found:
    Print screen: Fn + Space or Windows-Button (the one on the screen) + Volume Down
    Print active window: Fn + Alt + Spacew

    Special features:
    Reset: Power key + Volume Up (for >10 seconds)

    And a special bonus would be if someone could tell me, if and how one can disable the caps key. I constantly keep hitting this damned key by accident and that is ANNOYING! I already considered breaking it off , but there MUST be a more elegant way without physically damaging anything, isn't it?
     
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    Fn + Caps lock toggles the function row functionality. And it sticks between restarts.
    Fn + Delete = Increase Brightness
    Fn + Backspace = Decrease Brightness

    Those three are my favorites. You might be able to find a non-surface specific way to disable the caps lock with a registry hack or the like.

    Bob
     
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    Here's an article that explains Keyboard Remapping: CAPSLOCK to Ctrl and Beyond, but a word of caution...
    I tried remapping Cap lock to be an End key on my SP1 and it didn't work, it did disable my End key and even though I exported the registry key before I made any change, merging the original key back in didn't fix it. I remained without a working End key until I reset the SP1 to factory condition to give it to a relative when I bought my SP3. Like they say, playing with the registry is not for the faint of heart.
     
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    I have found AutoHotkey (http://autohotkey.com/)does the trick fine.
    The good thing is no registry messing, and there is a reasonable community that you can search for most mappings.
    FYI the mappings I have it doing are at bottom -note that the lines starting with ; are comments. I use Win+Del for Insert and Alt+Shift for Menu/Shortcut, plus Shift+RightMouse for middle click!.
    You should be able to do almost anything through search and experimentation - it's very forgiving.

    Re. Capslock - dead easy (from http://www.autohotkey.com/docs/misc/Remap.htm):
    Capslock::Ctrl Makes Capslock become a Control key. To retain the ability to turn Capslock on and off, also add the remapping +Capslock::Capslock (this toggles Capslock on and off when you hold down the shift key and press Capslock).

    Code:
        ;==============================================================================
        ;   KEYBOARD EXTRAS     -SURFACE TYPE COVER
        ;==============================================================================
        ;Make Win+Del       =Insert
        #Delete::Insert
        ;------------------------------------------------------------------------------
        ;Make Win+Backspace     =Pause/Break
        #Backspace::CtrlBreak
        ;------------------------------------------------------------------------------
        ;Make Shift+Right Alt   =Apps/Shortcut key (the key that opens the context menu)
        +RAlt::AppsKey
        ;==============================================================================
        ;   KEYBOARD EXTRAS     -MS SCULPT COMFORT
        ;==============================================================================
        ; Dammit - no Pause/Break
        ; Make Calculator     =Pause/Break  (for Win+Break, CTRL+Break)
        #SC121::#Pause
        ^SC121::^CtrlBreak
        ; Make Win+Insert     =PrintScreen
        #Insert::PrintScreen
        !#Insert::!PrintScreen
        ;==============================================================================
        ;   MOUSE TWEAKS     -TWO BUTTON MOUSE
        ;==============================================================================
        ;(R)Shift+Right Mouse   =Middle click with drag
             ; Unused option to tweak by application
             ;; FIREFOX/THUNDERBIRD - ignore drag and paste
             ;   #IfWinActive ahk_class MozillaWindowClass
             ;     +RButton::mouseclick, middle
             ;; ALL OTHERS - SUPPORT MIDDLE CLICK DRAG
             ;   #IfWinActive
                 +RButton::
                   Send {Click D M}
                   While GetKeyState("RShift","P")
                     Sleep 10
                   Send {Click U M}
                   Return
    
    
     
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    Good point Bob - I would further add that once toggled to bring the Function row back, you are able to use
    • FN+LeftArrow=Home
    • FN+RightArrow=End
    • FN+UpArrow=PgUp
    • FN+DownArrow=PgDn
    -not publicized but easy to get used to!
     
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