11-19-2009 11:28 AM
I just bought an Envy 15. The laptop is great with the exception of the calculator key located to the left of the lft ctrl key.
I despise the thing. I wish it would go away and am considering removing the key all together.
I've try launch to "C:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\HP Quick Launch Buttons" to see if I can customize that key to do left ctrl and the quick launch program will not load. I've downloaded , installed, reboot, the latest quick launch "sp45889.exe, (1/1 , 24.29M)" to no help.
Please someone tell me how to make the calculator quick key execute the "left ctrl" command.
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11-19-2009 11:41 AM
You can try installing the QuickLaunch software from the following weblink:
And then configure the QuickLaunch...however I suggest you uninstall any existing version of QuickLaunch software from Control Panel - Programs and Features.
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11-19-2009 12:38 PM
Ok I tested and this works.
I used this a couple of years ago when HP had a 17" notebook with a really small right shift key, and I remapped the arrow key to be a shift key.
I understand your pain - I am a touch typist and hit the same calculator key myself
Select "Teach mode", "Full Teach mode"
Click "begin teach mode"
press the calculator key. You should see number populate in the "scancode of key #1"
Press the left CTRL key. You should see numbers populate in the "scancode of key #2"
Click the button "remap key#1 to key#2"
Click on Apply, and it will ask you to reboot.
After that, you will now have two left-CTRL keys.
You can also use this app to remap any other keys.
Please confirm this resolves the issue, and click on 'Accepted Solution" if it does help, you can click on Kudos if you like too.
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02-01-2010 01:45 PM
I got the new ENVY - with various functionality located on the positions where we normally has the F1..F12.....
Do you have a similarly solution for the top Function key ?
I did a try with the tools you propossed - but it seams not the work.
Windows 7 is catching the [F1] giving '?' or "HP Help & Support" leading to HP support program starts up ... not [F1] ..
And the same goes with the other functions on the row [F1..F12]
Another solution could be to reverse/invert the [fn] key ...
02-15-2010 02:49 AM
I'd also like to know how turn on the function keys by default. I use F1-F5 so many more tiems than the cooresponding action keys, it's driving me bonkers.
Thanks to the poster providing the solution to remap the calculator key. I was also about to smash that key out of existance. Tired of gaming and having a calculator pop up.
02-25-2010 09:37 PM - edited 02-26-2010 09:23 AM
... my first day with my new Envy 15-1050nr, ouch, what frustration.
Firstly, the QuickLaunch application simply does not work. There is no "rocket ship" QuickLaunch icon in the taskbar like other HP notebooks I've had. There is no way to configure they keyboard or quick launch buttons.
Is this a problem with Windows 7 64bit per chance? I'm convinced that the application should work but it simply doesn't on the Envy 15.
Why do we need QuickLaunch?
1) The function-key usage must be reversed. The primary function of these keys must be the function, F-keys. The volume up/down, play/stop/FF keys are cute, but we're power users. That's why we bought the Envy and not the Pavillion. I'm a professional software engineer and the function keys are necessary. This is not a PC-101 keyboard. Alt-F4 HP?
2) Mail key? We use GMail or other web mail services.
3) Media Bar key? HP makes the absolute best media management software? I think not. "Watch internet video", seriously? We are not Grandma who purchased the Envy.
4) Web key? Chrome or Firefox is always open. I don't need a key for opening "the web".
5) Print key? Again, Grandma would appreciate the $2000 Envy.
6) Calculator key! Hey, this is actually not a bad idea, I'm always opening the calculator! But... lower left is where the giant Ctrl key should be! Fn-F1 would make a great calculator shortcut.
For the record, I do recognize that there are key mapping programs that may alleviate this issue. But. I really do believe that HP will fix this. I used to work at HP and know that there are a bunch of geeks there that care about these issues. The Envy is HP's answer to the MacBook Pro. Go to an Apple store and even with no experience on a Mac, you'll be able to "fix" the keyboard layout in 1 minute.
These are software issues, HP will fix this. As a stockholder, I Pray! To! God!
-- Terrence Jones