I found a great tool from Microsoft, the The Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator. With this tool I created my own keyboard layout, because the curly braces {} on the german keyboard layout are not placed very well. So I imported the default geman keyboard layout and added 2 key-combinations. Right now I can press the [ö]-key (or [ä]) in combination with [Ctrl] to get the “{” (or “}”) symbol. And this is a really cool feature for programming “C – style” languages.