Map the Caps Lock key on your Surface Pro 3 to be the Insert Key

I have really missed the Insert key on my Surface Pro 3 (SP3).  In the process of searching for a key combination that replaced it, I learned that there wasn’t one.  Scott Hanselman posted how to remap the Insert key using SharpKeys.  This utility makes it really simple to make the change.

However, I was also curious about how to remap it by adding a value to the Windows Registry.  After reading about this on the Softpanorama web site, I found that I simply had to do the following:

    1. Go to Start->Run (or press Win+R) and type in ‘regedit’ to open the registry editor.
    2. Navigate to:

      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout
      Note: Keyboard Layout, not Keyboard Layouts!

    3. Go to Edit->New->Binary Value and name it ‘Scancode Map’
    4. Now double-click and edit the value to the following:

      00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 02 00 00 00 52 E0 3a 00 00 00 00 00

      Note that the 52 E0 represents the scan code for the Caps Lock key.

    5. Now log off and back in.  Pressing the Caps Lock key will now behave like the Insert key.
      1. If logging off and back in doesn’t affect the change, reboot your machine.

Thanks to Softpanorama for such a great post!


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