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Using Keyboard Combos to Trigger other Keys

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Hi there; newbie to Windows here. I'm looking to customize my keyboard for my workflow.

I don't primarily want to trigger shortcuts; I want to make key combinations that will trigger other key combinations!

Why? Because I often am doing different things with each hand -- like operating the computer with my left, and holding a pencil with the other.
Other times it may be reversed: I may be playing a music keyboard with my left hand and controlling the computer with my right.

So I want often-used keys and commands to be convenient to access by blind touch from either side of the keyboard -- without me having to look at the keyboard and reach.

For instance: I want to be able to hit Return & Backspace from key combinations on the left side of the keyboard -- without actually remapping those physical keys. (E.g., I've set my Mac up so I can trigger Return/Enter with Command-Esc .)
And I want key combos on the right side that duplicate Tab and Esc.

On Mac there are any number of little intuitive key-command programs that can do this (I like "Spark"), but on Windows the approach seems to always be shortcut-centered, rather than transposition of keyboard codes.
I have to say that the big hotkey programs -- like AutoHotkey, Keyboard Manager, etc. -- seem to be awfully complicated for the simple job I'm describing. They can probably do the job, but do I need to invest so many hours to learn how?

Any suggestions? (Ideally without having to learn a scripting language.) Thanks in advance!

- Peter

Edited by pbasswil, 12 March 2013 - 06:11 PM.

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