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My old keyboard was a Razer Arctosa. Although it was just an overpriced (but quite crappy imho) dome keyboard with gamer styling there was one feature of this keyboard that I completely took for granted when i purchased a new Leopold FC500R mechanical keyboard this week: Multimedia keys!

Today i realised that the only way i could change my system volume while using headphones was by clicking on the volume in the taskbar notifications. Gahhhhhh! Coming from a Powermac (with volume controls on keyboard) to a macbook pro (with volume controls like every other laptop) to a PC with my old Razer keyboard I found myself in a situation I had not faced since my Pentium 4 was still working about 7 years ago. (and I didn't use headphones then so I could adjust sound on the speakers!). This is a huge pain in the arse when gaming or doing anything full screen as I have to alt-tab out of whatever to change the volume.

I thought "hey there must be a keyboard shortcut to adjust volume built into windows 7, there must be!" but i cant find anything D:
Through google i have found lots of tutorials on how to made shortcut files and then assign them to key bindings... i have found tutorials on how to muck around with code to change what certain buttons do on your keyboard (like make page up and down act as volume controls).

I could handle these methods but what i am really looking for is a simple program that allows me to assign keyboard shortcuts to things like play, pause, volume, skip track etc. I don't mind if it runs in the backround constantly (shouldn't be too resource hungry but I think i've got plenty of 'resources') Does anyone know of any such software? Any help would be appreciated greatly smile.gif

(I am kicking myself because I was going to get a FC700R but couldn't get it in black.. now I think I would have preferred white or graphite and the lack of a numpad just for the addition of the multimedia functions)
Edited by beanscene - 7/21/12 at 6:52am
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A program I recommend is one that changes the Registry for you by having you tell it what keys you want to change into what.  I currently have a few of the keys on my keypad assigned to media functions like you talked about.

 

So, it doesn't run in the background:  you just make the changes, Log Off, Log In, and then you're all set.  It's just like any change you make to the Registry.  This little program also provides the ability to "delete" your key assignment in order to return it to its default.

 

It's SharpKeys!  :)

 

http://sharpkeys.codeplex.com/

 

Downloads:  http://sharpkeys.codeplex.com/releases/view/79616

    
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Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post

A program I recommend is one that changes the Registry for you by having you tell it what keys you want to change into what.  I currently have a few of the keys on my keypad assigned to media functions like you talked about.

So, it doesn't run in the background:  you just make the changes, Log Off, Log In, and then you're all set.  It's just like any change you make to the Registry.  This little program also provides the ability to "delete" your key assignment in order to return it to its default.

It's SharpKeys!  smile.gif

http://sharpkeys.codeplex.com/

Downloads:  http://sharpkeys.codeplex.com/releases/view/79616

Thankyou very much that sounds exactly what i was looking for! I will try it out right now, i knew that i might have to change some things in the registry but having something that will do the changes for me and allow me to revert to default is perfect. Again thanks biggrin.gif
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Worked perfectly once i figured out that i was trying to map volume keys to + and - keys and not the right way around. I will add some more rep to your collection TwoCables thumb.gif
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You're welcome!

 

I'm glad you like this little program!  I don't know what I would do without it.

 

By the way, don't forget to set a Mute button!  :)  The "Del" key on my keypad is my Mute button.  I also have Keypad + and - set for my volume control.  :)

    
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Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Microsoft Intellimouse Optical (not 1.1A) Basic, but premium round 
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250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:) Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner 
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Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail Samsung 2253BW (1680 x 1050) Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO 
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Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Microsoft Intellimouse Optical (not 1.1A) Basic, but premium round 
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