Mac users rejoice. There’s a free and easy way to remap the keys on your Mac’s keyboard. What? You didn’t know the keyboard could be remapped? And, you don’t know why you would want to in the first place? I understand the sentiment.
Remapping the Mac’s keyboard means you can completely customize the keyboard on so the keys function the way you want and not the way Apple or an app you’re using requires.
All you need is the free app called Karabiner. Yes. That’s the name. Kar-a-bi-ner. Karabiner. What Karabiner does is useful because you control the keys on the Mac’s keyboard by completely remapping them to whatever you want a key to do.
How it gets there is a bit more complicated. One by one you can change the keys on the keyboard to performa different function. Here’s a good example. In the Change Key section, change Command R to Control L. Different keystroke combo, same function (and you determine the function).
While Karabiner is powerful, it’s also take some effort to setup the first time. Here’s another example. Click the Change Key tab to change each key and remap it to another function.
You can also control key repeat rate, have the remapped keys visible with a click in the Menubar, and uninstall Karabiner and go back to the default Mac settings for your language keyboard.
The manual walks through the basic steps to install Karabiner because you need to go into System Preferences first.
Another useful function is the option to change the Mac’s Key Repeat rate. It’s easy. Open Karabiner. Select Key Repeat. Adjust parameters in System Preferences as needed.
What happens if you get lost?
You know, you’ve made adjustments to the keyboard map and then forgot what you adjusted? A built-in utility called EventViewer comes to the rescue. Click the Menubar, select Launch EventViewer and select the Main tab.
Karabiner lets you remap any key on your Mac to whatever other function or key you want. It adjusts the key repeat rate, too. Karabiner is a bit on the Mac geek side, but it can be a lifesaver and improve your efficiency if you’re willing to put it to use.
This has to be one of the best Mac geek apps, thanks in part to the overall utility, and the price tag.