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Remapping the HP Jornada Multimedia Keys


Applies To

  • Hewlett Packard Jornada 710
  • Hewlett Packard Jornada 720
  • Hewlett Packard Jornada 728


This article discusses options to remap the hardware volume control keys on the front of the Jornada 700 series.

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WARNING: The steps outlined in this article are potentially VERY DANGEROUS. They should not be attempted by inexperienced users.

Lithium battery packs are potentially explosive when exposed to heat or shock.

If you follow this guide you must read it in full before attempting to under take any work and you do so at your own risk.

The three hardware buttons on the Jornada 720 are represented to the system as extended keyboard keys. The mapping is performed in the Windows CE registry at the path HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shell\Keys

The three buttons map as follows

Volume Up 40D1
Volume Down 40D2
Play/Pause 40D3

By reassigning the keyboard keys at these addresses, you can re-define the 'on key down' function for each.

Converting Volume Up/Down into Next/Previous Track

  1. Open your preferred registry editor.
  2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shell\Keys.
  3. Scroll down to the number 40D1 and highlight it.
  4. Double tap on the registry key in the right pane "(Default)" and change the data field from "\Windows\VolumeUp" to "\Windows\Next.lnk"
  5. Scroll down to the number 40D2 and highlight it.
  6. Double tap on the registry key in the right pane "(Default)" and change the data field from "\Windows\VolumeDown" to "\Windows\Previous.lnk"
  7. The next time you play Windows Media Player and press the "+" button, the next song on the play list will play.  The "-" button will launch the previous song on the play list.

Reprogramming your keys for Voice Recorder

This first method launches Voice Recorder, but does not initiate recording.

  1. Open the registry editor.
  2. Open HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shell\Keys.
  3. Scroll down to the number 40D3 and highlight it.
  4. Double tap on the registry key in the right pane "(Default)" and change the data field from "\Windows\PausePlay.lnk" to "\Windows\voicstub.exe"

This allows a user to launch Voice Recorder, but only works when the unit is turned on first and no password is enabled!

This second method allows you to press the button and keep it depressed to record a memo and release to stop recording without turning on the unit and entering your password.  This modification does not require registry modifications

  1. Launch HP Hot Keys
  2. Highlight/select "Hot key 3"
  3. In the "Assign to:" field, click on "Browse"
  4. Find the voicstub.exe executable and select it.  Tap on "Ok"
  5. Tap on "Ok"
  6. With the unit off, push and hold down the Voice Recorder Hot key and presto!

Converting the Volume Up/Down buttons into Application Launch keys

You can re-map the (default) value of the registry keys to any Windows CE executable or any registered file type accessed via a Windows Explorer shortcut (a LNK file).

Create a LNK file by

  1. ALT + Tapping on the program or file that you wish to launch in Windows Explorer e.g.
  2. Clicking copy
  3. Navigate to a directory to store the shortcut file e.g.
    \Storage Card\Shortcuts
  4. Tap Edit and Paste Shortcut
  5. Rename the shortcut as required e.g.
  6. Under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shell\Keys set the default value to the path and name of the shortcut suffixed with .lnk e.g.
    \Storage Card\Shortcuts\Calculator.lnk


Parts of this article were originally created by Raul Lucky on 24th October 2000 and published on GeoCities.