How to remap keys on Windows 11

Do you need to reassign keyboard keys or shortcuts? In this guide, we'll show you how on Windows 11.

Windows 11 remap keys settings
Windows 11 remap keys settings / Image: Mauro Huculak
  • To remap a keyboard key on Windows 11, open PowerToys > Keyboard Manager > Remap a key, configure the key remap and save changes.
  • To remap a shortcut on Windows 11, open PowerToys > Keyboard Manager > Remap a shortcut, configure the shortcut remap and save changes.

On Windows 11, you can remap keys and shortcuts in different ways, but I have found that using PowerToys is the fastest and easiest method.

If you play games on your computer or use the device for work, sometimes, you may need to reassign some keys and shortcuts to different keys or a combo of keys because it makes more sense or can help improve productivity. 

Regardless of the reason, Windows 11 doesn’t include a feature to change the actions of keys or shortcuts, but you can use tools like Microsoft PowerToys to remap virtually any key globally or for a specific application. The app also works to remap shortcuts. You can even create remaps to launch apps, URIs, and web pages.

In this guide, I will teach you how to quickly use the PowerToys app to remap keys and shortcuts on Windows 11. (You can use these instructions on Windows 10.)

Remap keyboard keys on Windows 11

To remap keys on your keyboard on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open PowerToys.

  2. Click on Keyboard Manager.

  3. Turn on the “Enable Keyboard Manager” toggle switch.

  4. Click the “Remap a key” option.

    PowerToys keyboard manager

  5. Click the “Add key remapping” button.

  6. Click the Select button.

    Windows 11 remap key with PowerToys

  7. Press the keyboard key to remap (source).

  8. Click the OK button.

  9. Click the Select button to set the “To send” setting.

  10. Press the keyboard key to remap (destination).

    Quick note: You can remap virtually any key. For example, if the “Windows” key isn’t working, you can map it to one of the functions or extra keys available on the keyboard you typically don’t use. You can also remap to a keyboard shortcut.
  11. Click the OK button.

  12. Click the OK button again.

  13. Click the Continue anyway button (if applicable).

Once you complete the steps, the key will now perform the action of the new key mapping on Windows 11. In my example, I’m remapping the Copilot shortcut to the right Windows logo key.

Remap keyboard shortcuts on Windows 11

To remap keyboard shortcuts, use these steps:

  1. Open PowerToys.

  2. Click on Keyboard Manager.

  3. Turn on the “Enable Keyboard Manager” toggle switch.

  4. Click the “Remap a Shortcuts” option.

    Keyboard manager remap shortcuts

  5. Click the “Add shortcut remapping” button in the “Select” setting.

  6. Click the Shortcut (pen) button.

  7. Confirm the keyboard shortcut to remap in the setting (for example, “ALT + P”).

    Quick note: PowerToys also support “chords,” allowing you to specify two modifiers for the shortcut so that you can use two variations of the shortcut to execute the shortcut, but this is an optional function.
  8. Click the OK button.

  9. Select the action from the “To” setting.

    Windows 11 remap shortcut settings

    Quick tip: You can map a shortcut to another keyboard key or shortcut. You can also remap the shortcut to open an application or URI, meaning a web page or specific settings page.
  10. Confirm the shortcut remap (according to your selection).

    Quick note: In my example, I use the “ms-settings:appsfeatures” URI that opens the “Installed apps” settings page. You can learn more about Windows 11 URIs on this page.
  11. (Optional) Specify the name of the “.exe” program (for example, msedge.exe (Edge), explorer.exe (File Explorer), and chrome.exe (Google Chrome)) to target the shortcut on a specific application.

  12. Click the OK button.

After you complete the steps, the shortcut remap will perform the action you configured in the application.

If you want to remove the remap, you can go to the “Remap a key” or “Remap shortcuts” page and click the “Delete” (trash) button for the action you want to remove.

Although PowerToys can make it easier to remap keys and shortcuts on Windows 11, it’s important to note that the application doesn’t make system changes, meaning that the remaps will only work as long as PowerToys is running on the system.

Update March 18, 2024: This guide has been updated to ensure accuracy and reflect changes to the process.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].