A software retrofit for keyboards without multimedia keys

When using a simple keyboard that lacks multimedia keys, here’s a solution for Windows systems that add custom key mappings that in turn generate simulated multimedia key presses. Any application that supports multimedia keys won’t know the difference.

  1. Install AutoHotkey.
  2. Create multimedia_keys.ahk file containing:

Double click multimedia_keys.ahk to activate it immediately. Test it out by pressing WindowsKey+NumPad8 to turn up volume.

To activate the AutoHotKey mapping every time you login:

  1. Create a shortcut to multimedia_keys.ahk
  2. Click Start -> Run and type “shell:startup” and hit enter.
  3. Move the shortcut created in step one to this startup folder
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