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Takayama Fumihiko
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Karabiner - Customize your Mac's keyboard
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Certain keyboard combinations are uncomfortable and easy to forget. In third party applications, you may be able to redefine the hotkeys, but things are more difficult if you work with the operating system itself. Karabiner gives you the possibility of customizing your Mac's keyboard, to make your work much easier. It provides a huge amount of options for your keyboard, so you can make it work however you want.

The first thing you should know is that Karabiner is not meant to remap the entire keyboard from the ground up. This means that you can't swap letters or make other changes between any two keys just by selecting a key and assigning a different function. Instead, the application places countless predefined settings at your disposal, which come quite close to remapping the entire keyboard. They are neatly categorized in collapsible menus, which are organized in turn in their own categories.

The available options are simply too many to count. To mention a few examples, Karabiner allows you to change the backquote key to CapsLock or to certain keyboard combinations, disable or replace arrow keys and much more. You would need a good amount of time to scroll through the entire list. Fortunately, a search function is available, so you can find options for something in particular instantly. What's more, enabling any setting involves nothing more than just clicking a check box. Another useful feature is the possibility of filtering all options to show only the enabled ones, which makes it very easy to undo all settings.

Karabiner can also overwrite the operating system's default Key Repeat settings. You can set up your own timeouts, delays and other parameters, in milliseconds on the same user interface, but on a different tab. Additionally, the application allows you to customize a status message, so you will always be aware of your keyboard's current state.

You can make numerous changes to your keyboard. The application's options are neatly organized and easy to understand. You can also redefine your Mac's Key Repeat settings and make other adjustments as well.

There are no obvious issues to address.

Karabiner's straightforward and easy to understand functionality can make your Mac's keyboard more comfortable and easier to use.

You can download Karabiner free here.
About the author: Frederick Barton
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Karabiner Editor's Review Rating
Karabiner has been reviewed by Frederick Barton on 30 Jul 2014. Based on the user interface, features and complexity, Findmysoft has rated Karabiner 5 out of 5 stars, naming it Essential
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