Hacking the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 (on Windows)

Friday, July 18th, 2008

Since my primary desktop (running FreeBSD, of cause) got some hardware problems two weeks ago, I have to use Windows for a while. And I begin to think using the extra keys of this keyboard.

The functions all works good after installing the driver. However the zoom button in the middle of the keyboard is… useless. I would rather use it for scroll. So I Googled around and looks I’m not alone :) Olivier Dagenais has posted two good articles: Hacking the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 and Hacking the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000, redux.To me, it’s quite simple: just open the C:\Program Files\Microsoft IntelliType Pro\commands.xml file, and search for “zoom”. Pay attention to the “app name” it is in, and change those you want from “ZoomIn” to “ScrollUp”, and from “ZoomOut” to “ScrollDown”. Then kill the “itype.exe” process, and click the “microsoft keyboard” shortcut on the desktop to restart it again.

Everything works smoothly. I didn’t notice an acceleration for the scroll though. I’m using the 6.20.148.0 driver, which is the latest as the time of writing.

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