How to remap or reassign keyboard keys

Why do we need to reassign keyboard keys? Well, there could be many reasons behind keyboard remapping. It may be any particular key of your keyboard is broken or you want to assign more useful functions to less used keys or to meet any other purpose, good news is that, keyboard remapping is quick and easy task.
There are several ways to reassign keyboard keys, like direct windows registry update, using open source software. Directly Windows registry update is not an easy task but there are many free tools which provide user friendly interfaces to remap keyboard and update Windows registry. One of such utilities is SharpKeys, it allows Windows to remap one key to another key. To download SharpKeys, click here. 
Once it is downloaded, click on the sharpkey.exe file to install and open it. 

Follow below steps to reassign keyboard keys:
Step 1: Click on ‘Add’ button that will open ‘Add New Key Mapping’ window to remap keyboard keys 

Step 2: Now choose the key from ‘From key’ column (left hand side) that will be mapped and ‘To Key’ column (right hand side) on which ‘From key’ will be mapped. You can type the key directly from keyboard also. To do so, click on ‘Type Key’ button under ‘From Key’ column and press the key from keyboard, do the same thing for ‘To Key’ also. Then click on ‘Ok’ button to close the ‘Add New Key Mapping’ window.

Step 3: Now you will see that ‘From Key’ and ‘To Key’ are listed on SharpKeys main window. If you want to do key mapping for more than one key, repeat Step 1 and 2. Once keyboard mapping is completed, click on ‘Write to Registry’ button to register all changes on windows registry. 
It will prompt successfully registered message but to see changes, you need to restart your system.

What if you want to revert your changes? No problem at all. Open SharpKeys and delete the mapping that you do not want any more. Once the mapping is deleted, again click on ‘Write to Registry’ button to save all changes and restart your system. Your key will behave as it was before mapping.

Limitation of SharpKeys:
– It does not allow to swap two keys with each other – for example, you can not have F1 and F2 swap places, it makes the utility unstable.
– It does not support to map multiple key presses to one key- for example, ctrl + c is mapped to F3
– Hardware limitation, it works best with US keyboard on Windows platform
Despite above limitations, SharpKeys is very useful utility to reassign keyboard keys. There are many other software as well, we will discuss those in our next post. 

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Policy Breach Notice: We are no longer detecting PII being passed to Google from the account

Recently one of our readers has received an email from Google AdSense Publishers with subject line ‘Policy Breach Notice‘.

As email didn’t give him enough information to clear his doubt, he dropped us email asking more information. He also mentioned that he didn’t receive any prior email regarding policy breach violation.

Email looks like below:

Dear Publisher,

We have now verified that we are no longer detecting PII being passed to Google from the account(s) under your control.

Thank you for helping to resolve this matter.

The Google Policy Team

After our small research, we got to know that this problem is not with our particular reader only. Many of our readers have received the same email.

What is PII and how it is related to Policy Breach Notice?

PII stands for Personally Identifiable Information. To protect your account, Google AdSense policies mandate publishers not to pass any data to Google that may be recognized as Personally Identifiable Information. If any publisher does so, Google sends a notification email with subject line ‘Policy Breach Notice’ first to fix the issue. Once the affected publisher fixes the PII issue, Google sends the above email.

As you didn’t not receive any prior email to fix the PII issue, we think Google AdSense has sent this email by mistake.

However we have asked the question to Google also to give more information. If we receive any update, we will share it with you all.

So don’t worry and keep blogging !

*** Updated on 6th March, 2015: We told you that the mail must be sent out by mistake. Today we have received an email from Google asking for an apology for sending erroneous email. Probably you have also received the same email.

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