Assign macro or function to keys on your keyboard


This article describes how to change or assign a command, a macro, or a program to a keyboard shortcut on the Microsoft Keyboard.

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Step 1: Download the current version of IntelliType software

  1. Visit the following Microsoft Web site:
  2. Select your keyboard, and make the other appropriate selections to download the latest IntelliType software.

Step 2: Start the Keyboard wizard, and change the assignments

  1. Open the Keyboard item in Control Panel.
    • In Windows 7 or in Windows Vista, click Start the Start button , type keyboard in the Start Search box, and then click Keyboard (or Microsoft Keyboard) in the Programs list.
    • In Windows XP and earlier versions of Windows, click Start, click Run, type Control keyboard, and then click OK.
  2. On the Key Settings tab, select the key that you want to change.
  3. To change the command or the program assignment, click Configure. To change or to assign a macro to the key, click Assign/Manage Macro.
  4. Select the appropriate options, and then follow the instructions.


  • You can specify that a program open to a specific document, Web site, or other item by adding the appropriate parameter. For example:
    • iexplore.exe Starts Microsoft Internet Explorer, and opens the Web site
    • word.exe mydoc.doc: Starts Microsoft Word, and opens the mydoc file
  • Use Restore Defaults to remove all customized settings, and restart all assignments.
  • Under Custom Key Settings, you can rename each bank by using Options, or you can add a program for custom key assignments for that program by using Add.
  • Macros can be assigned or changed by using the Assign/Manage Macro button. See Help for more information.

Article ID: 237179 - Last Review: Sep 29, 2011 - Revision: 1

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