I love my Sculpt ergonomic keyboard. It’s a great product. But it can be made even better by customizing it for one’s particular needs and preferences.
My two main problems were:
Someone on Reddit mentioned SharpKeys - a nice free little tool to logically rearrange keys on a keyboard(remapping). I checked it out and really liked what I saw: in contrast to other programs like AutoHotKey, SharpKeys is basically just a nice user interface to a very nasty key in the registry. This means no extra processes slowing your startup time, eating up your memory, etc.
I gave it at quick try and was satisfied with the result.
The I physically rearranged the keys on the keyboard like so:
it was very easy, with practically no risk
This placement feels a lot more natural to me:
Then I decided to do something about the lack of media keys.
I remapped Insert to Play/Pause. The great thing is that Media Player Classic, Windows Media Player and XBox Music will respond to this key even if they are not the active application.
I remapped PrtScn to Volume up and ScrLk to Volume down.
I tried to remap Pause to Volume down, to keep the Print Screen functionality that I use occasionally but it shows up as Num lock in SharpKeys (wtf?).
For some reason Microsoft decided to include not one, but two Calculator buttons - one on the keyboard proper and one on the separate NumPad.
P.s. There is a small caveat with this approach - the remapping is on the operating system level, not on a per-keyboard basis. This can be worked around by backing up the relevant registry key and then deleting all the mappings. The aforementioned key is located at [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout]
26 March 2015