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Installed Windows 7 via Bootcamp for some work-related projects. I've also installed the Apple Bootcamp drivers from the OS X install disk and updated to the latest version. It mapped all my keys just fine, but I was surprised it does not offer an option to switch the mappings of Alt and Windows keys; ie. Alt is left of Spacebar, Windows key is left of Alt.

The current way directly maps to the physical keyboard layout, but not to the way people are used to working: e.g. OS X's Command+Tab for window switching is equivelant to Alt+Tab not Windows+Tab. I keep hitting the wrong keys because of muscle memory. :)

Is there a built-in way to remap Windows and Alt keys? If not, what 3rd party app is the best way to do this?

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This seems like a Windows question - maybe it should be migrated to Super User? –  CajunLuke Jan 10 '11 at 18:12

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I had this issue. Resolved it using Sharp Keys (free).

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Didn't work for me (Windows 7 64bit) –  cement Jan 17 '12 at 4:44

I've been using AutoHotKey for about a year on Win7 Ultimate x64. Works great.

In addition to swapping the left Command and Option keys, I've remapped the right Command to forward delete, and right Option to "AppsKey" (aka, context menu) which helps in Visual Studio and other apps.

If you want function keys to work as, well, function keys (without having to hold down Fn), you can set that in the Bootcamp application via the system tray icon.

Here's a script just for swapping left Option (alt) and Command (Windows):

RAlt::AppsKey ; right-Option to context menu
RWin::Del ; right command to forward delete
LWin::LAlt ; left command to alt
LAlt::LWin ; left alt to command (windows key)

You may also consider remapping Caps Lock if you need an additional key since, really, how often do any of us use Caps Lock?

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Nice, especially since I already use AutoHotkey for a lot of other stuff, but bothersome because I switch between a "real" Windows keyboard and my Apple keyboard. –  Jan Jan 29 at 14:22
    
@Jan I feel your pain. Having to start and stop AutoHotkey when docking is annoying. At least there's the system try icon. –  David Lively Jan 29 at 15:46
    
No, I mean I have a general AutoHotkey script that I'd have to have two versions of, or figure out if there's some identifier that AutoHotkey can use for an 'if' section. Gotta love AHK though. –  Jan Jan 29 at 19:22
    
@Jan Ahhh... that makes more sense. –  David Lively Jan 29 at 19:25

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