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In an effort to achieve pure minimalism, I decided to shop for a compact keyboard. While shopping, I looked for the following:

It turns out, finding a keyboard with these exact requirements was quite challenging. After a long search, the Kono 67° became by top choice.

If you’re used to typing on full-sized keyboard (like I was), you’ll quickly realize that certain shortcuts are cumbersome (in some cases, impossible) on a compact keyboard. For example, the classic Alt + F4 keystroke now requires an unnatural three-finger pattern to perform. For the most part, these issues can be remedied through software.

Enter Keyboard Manager , part of the PowerToys suite of utilities. With Keyboard Manager, I remap certain keystrokes to play better with compact keyboards.

Close Window

Sometimes, someone else has already discovered a solution to your problem; in macOS, the default keystroke to close a window is + Q. No F4 or modifier key required. Since Alt and are generally both in the same location on the keyboard, I use Keyboard Manager to remap Alt + Q to Alt + F4. Everytime I press Alt + Q, the computer interprets it as Alt + F4.

Summon Windows Terminal

The one Windows Terminal feature I cannot live without is Quake Mode . The keystroke to summon a Quake Mode terminal (Win + `) is already so engrained in muscle memory that I am unwilling to relearn/remap anything. Since Esc is where I’d normally expect the backtick key to be, could I remap the Quake Mode shortcut to Win + Esc? Apparently, Win + Esc is already bound to “Exit Magnifier” ( citation ), but because I never use Magnifier, I remap Win + Esc to Win + `.

Skip/Previous/Stop/Mute

As I always say:

“If it can’t be done in software, make more software.”

As a catch-all solution, I have Wink which can simulate keyboard presses (but it must be used from a command line).

Conclusion

I’ve already spent more money than I care to admit on keyboards. With a few modifications/keycap replacements, I think I’ve found a “silver bullet” of a keyboard.