Lenovo Helix End/Insert Keys Swapped
I recently switched from the Dell-exclusive club of laptops over the past 15 years to a ThinkPad. Specifically, the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix. It was a unit I have been waiting years for to check all the right boxes.
I haven’t been privy to the IBM/Lenovo keyboard wars. I have always heard great things about the IBM ThinkPad keyboard. Well, it seems this Lenovo Helix came with the newer style of only one row of Function keys + hardware-specific keys (volume, brightness, etc). Fine by me as I figured out how to lock in the Function-mode-always (a BIOS option).
But now I had a serious problem when coding/writing long documents…
The End/Insert Key was Swapped
Why in the hell would the End/Insert key swap functions when I lock in the Function-key mode of the F1-F12 keys?
This was almost a deal breaker. Only after crawling the Lenovo forums (a great place to find hacks for Lenovo) did I stumble onto a Lenovo ThinkPad keyboard hack to reverse the key functions. It actually remaps the Windows keyboard layout in the registry, an age-old trick I forgot about over a decade ago!
Swapping the End/Insert key functions
Instead of supplying a download of a .reg file, which I am not even sure that GitHub supports, I’ll explain the instructions on how to create your own .reg file.
- Right-click on your desktop, select
New -> Text Document
- Copy and Paste the following into this document, letter by letter.
1 2 3 4
- Save the file as
- Double-click it to
mergeit into your registry. You will need to be logged in as an Administrator.
- Reboot and you’re done.
Now, the function of the End/Insert will be swapped.
Also, devoted fans of the previous Thinkpad keyboard: you may want to take your anger here.