To Enable Full Function of the Microsoft Office Keyboard (RT9450) in Vista 64 and Windows 7
These instructions worked for me using IntelliType v 6.1, but later versions of IntelliType might also work. These suggestions work on Vista 64 bit, but I did not test them on Windows 7. Other sites have suggested that they will also work on that OS, however. Success requires the use of AutoHotKey (AHK), a free open source program that is downloadable from: http://www.autohotkey.com/
. This is advertised as a "Free Mouse and Keyboard Macro Program with Hotkeys."
Using this program, a user can discover what key codes are being sent by various keys on the keyboard. For example, the "Word" key sends 113. The "Excel" key sends 114. In "AutoHotKey" terminology, these would be addressed as sc113 and sc114 (sc stands for "scan code"). The ScrollWheel also can be addressed and modified by AHK. Since the standard installation of IntelliType can enable many of the Microsoft Office Keyboard buttons without modification (e.g., "Web/Home", "Mail", and others), the only remaining keys that did not function according to my wishes were the "Word" and "Excel" keys since I have elected to use OpenOffice 3.1 on my computer. If MS Office were installed, these two keys might function as expected.
The "Microsoft keyboard" icon that is installed to the desktop by IntelliType allows the user to program many of the keys, which might not function as "advertised" without depending upon …