This is just a short blog post to describe our in-house tool for creating key images, such as the ones shown below.

Key-ctrl-alt-del

Key-a-shift-_-shift-_

Key-altgr-enter

Key-_______

Key-ctrl-_

Key-enter_
Key-capslock

How to use the key image generator

  1. Visit http://keyman.com/support/keytemplate.php
  2. Type the key sequence you wish to use, such as Ctrl+Alt+C Backspace. You can use any Unicode character on your key cap.
  3. You can specify a different font if you need to or wish to ā€“ just enter it into the Font field.
  4. Scale the images up or down to meet your requirements by changing the value in the Scale field.
  5. If you need a spacebar key, use ___ (three underscores).  Similarly, for a + (plus) key, use ____ (four underscores), and for a space between words on a single key, use __ (two underscores).
  6. Once you are satisfied with the key image that appears, you can simply click the image below the input boxes to save it to disk as a .png file (on Safari or Internet Explorer, you may need to right-click to save the image).
  7. The key image generator will give each key image a default name based on the keys used.

Why do we generate .png files instead of rendering as HTML? Using a .png file gives a simpler experience when pasting into any HTML page on any site, and works well on all browsers. We may one day move to HTML-based key caps, but for now this is easier šŸ™‚

Key-have-fun_          Key-_un_-____

 


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