I need a keyboard which has an extra key in the area of the left thumb.
I need this extra key to bind it to the mouse left button, because I use graphic tablet a lot and it's next to impossible to work normally without a mouse click functionality. Currently I use Autohotkey and bind the
LWin key to emulate the mouse click, but it is inconvenient
LWin key is in the 'dead' zone and I need to make extra movements all the time so it is quite painful.
So I need a keyboard which has some extra key in the thumb area i.e. where the space bar normally is. The problem though - none of the standard keyboards have them (they only have a huge spacebar as everybody knows).
I've spent a lot of time googling and I have found something that looks promising:
It's a Japanese keyboard. This seems exactly what I am looking for, because there are extra buttons on the bottom row. All Japanese have them so I could buy one, BUT: the problem is, I am not sure how this extra key (left to the spacebar) will act normally if I use Windows and e.g. standard US layout? Will it be possible to make use of it by binding it to the mouse click with Autohotkey? Or maybe there are some Japanese keyboards produced for EU/US market with those keys as a bonus (would be ideal)?
But I don't like it because it's not full-size, and I don't really need the trackpoint.
One option which looks promising as well is MS Natural Ergonomic 4000:
because of two extra buttons below the spacebar. Again Not sure if they can be used to emulate mouse click.
So ideally I want something like the Japanese keyboard, but only if I can really make use of those keys in the bottom row.
- Can I make use of that extra keys on Japanese keyboards, e.g. rebind with Autohotkey to other keys (mouse click)?
- Can I bind the MS Natural 4000 extra keys (below the spacebar 'prev' button) to the mouse click?
- Keyboards with split spacebar (2-piece spacebar) - can the left piece be bound to other key by any chance?
- Do you know of any analog or similar keyboards, i.e. with extra keys on the bottom row that can be used in such way?
Ideally the keyboard should be easily available and not very expensive. Obviously there is something like ErgoDox, but I am not ready for this investment of money and time yet.