If you prefer to use an older classic keyboard like the IBM Model M that does not contain a physical Windows key, there is a nice way to “add”; one with Windows 10 by borrowing a key you do not use as often. How to use.
With Microsoft’s free PowerToys tool, you can easily assign any key to work like any other key (or even give them a new feature like turning off your sound). In our case, we assign the Windows key function to a key of your choice.
(By default, the command key on a Mac keyboard works like the Windows key if it is connected to a Windows 10. machine. There is no need to use this trick when using a Mac keyboard with Windows – just use the “Command” key as your Windows key.)
First, if you do not already have PowerToys for Windows 10, download it for free from the Microsoft website. Then launch PowerToys and click on the “Keyboard Manager” option in the sidebar. In the “Keyboard Manager” options, click “Remap A Key.”
Click the plus sign (+) in the “Remap Keyboard” window that appears to add a key mapping.
Now you need to decide which key you want as a Windows key. We find that the right Alt key works very well (if you have one), as it is easy to use for one-handed Windows shortcuts and most people use the left Alt key more often. You can also select a rare key like Scroll Lock or right Ctrl instead. It’s entirely up to you.
When defining the mapping in PowerToys, use the drop-down menu under the heading “Key:” on the left to select the key you want to use as your Windows key. In this example, we use “Alt (right).”
In the “Mapped To” section on the right, select “Win” (which represents the Windows key) from the drop-down menu.
Click “OK.” Windows will probably warn you that the key you are remapping will not be useful because you have assigned it to another function. In that case, click “Continue Anyway.”
After that, the new Windows key mapping should be active. Test it. If you press the key you assigned to Windows, your Start menu should appear. From then on, you should also be able to use it to launch convenient shortcuts like Windows + I to open Settings.
When you are ready, close PowerToys and you can use your computer as usual. You do not need to log out or restart your computer; your change takes effect immediately.
How to remove the new Windows key mapping
If you change your mind and want to assign another key to Windows or restore the function of the key you have restored, launch PowerToys and navigate to Keyboard Manager> Remap A Key.
Find the mapping you defined earlier and click on the trash to delete it. Then click “OK” to close the window. After that, you are free to create a new survey or simply close Power Toys.
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