If you’re a hacker, developer or a sysadmin, and you work with a non-US keyboard layout, you’ve probably been annoyed a time or two that the tilde ~ character is so hard to hit. On a Finnish keyboard, it’s behind
¨ after which you need to press the space bar unless a the next character with a tilde on it doesn’t exist. So
a if you want to type ~a.
If you’re on a Mac, i’ve got help for you.
- Download the Ukelele keyboard remapping app from Sil.org. Extract and optionally add to your Applications folder.
New from Current Input Source
- Click the paragraph
§key, because that’s the one we’re going to re-map. Or pick another key you want begone.
- Give your layout a name:
Set Keyboard Name...to distinguish it from the original one.
- Optional syntactic sugar:
Attach Icon File. Re-purpose an icon from the Ukelele example keyboard layout folder.
- Save the keyboard layout file to ~/Library/Keyboard Layouts/
Input Sources(OSX 10.8). Locate and tick your newly saved and named Layout.
- Choose your new layout from the icon close to the clock at the top menu bar.
There are several nice things about this method. You can share your keyboard layout with your peers. You can go wild and re-map any normal key that you like. And you can always go back to normality in case your re-mapping went a little too wild :)