Just bought a new Dell SK-8135 keyboard off of eBay. I have one at work and like it a lot.
It has some buttons on it that are sorta configurable — if you don’t mind poking around in the Windows Registry.
Start -> Run -> regedit
Browse to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\AppKey
- 7 = Browser home button – this will launch the default browser
- 15 = Mail button – this will launch the default mail app.
- 16 = Music note button – this will launch the application associated with the .cda extension. I changed this one to .mp3
- 17 = My Computer button
- 8 = Calculator button
Make your changes, reboot and you’re good to go.
EDIT: This does work in Windows 7
EDIT: 12 Dec 2012 – This also works on other keyboards with media controls…like my new Amazon Basics chiclet keyboard (affiliate link).