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Modifying the behavior of "internet" key in Internet keyboards

Published: Sep 12, 2005
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Introduction

Internet Keyboards helps you access the Internet (web browser) and e-mail with the touch of a button. There are situations where you may want to disable this key, or alter its behavior.

Disabling the "internet" key

  • Start Regedit.exe and navigate to the following location:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ AppKey \ 7

  • In the right-pane, double-click Association
  • Set it's data to a null string "" (the default is "http")
  • Close Regedit.exe

Tip:  To launch Help and Support when you press the "internet" key, you set the Association value to hcp

Altering the functionality of the "internet" key

To map an application with the "internet" key, use the following steps:

  • Start Regedit.exe and navigate to the following location:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ AppKey \ 7

  • In the right-pane, create a String value named ShellExecute
  • Double-click ShellExecute
  • Set the Value data as the application's name

Example:  To launch Calculator, mention calc.exe as the Value data. Note that you may need to include the full path of the program, if the program is located outside of the Windows / System32 folder or if it's not included in the PATH variable. It's better to use the full path always (Example., C:\Windows\Notepad.exe)