I have seen most of the people using the number keys above the ‘QWERTY’ keys but I hardly see any people using the numeric keypad on the right hand side of the keyboard. So, let’s put it to use. Today, I came across a program known as ControlPad that turns the numeric keypad on your keyboard to a Windows command execution system. Using ControlPad you can configure and set to run any program, open any file, folder, etc by setting a particular number code.
How to use ControlPad?
Firstly, download ControlPad zip (link at the bottom of the post) and extract its contents to a particular folder.
Double click on ‘ControlPad.exe’ to start the program.
Now, hold the ‘*’ key for a second to open a small black window. Once the window is open, type a key code, for instance- 123 and press the ‘/’ button on the numeric keypad.
Another window will popup asking you to select the command. Browse for a file, folder or program that you want to launch/ run when that code is entered. Once done, hit ‘Enter’.
Now, the selected code, i.e.; ‘123’ will launch the configured command. In my case I had configured to run an audio convertor. So, to launch the code, you need to hold ‘*’ and type in ‘123’ and hit Enter. The program will launch. Pretty Simple isn’t it?
NOTE: If you want to delete a particular key combination set before, then right click on the Controlpad icon on the system tray and select ‘Open Command File’. Here you should see the command for the key combination ‘123’. It’s ‘123=C:\Program Files\X2Xsoft\Free Audio Converter\ConverterAudio.exe’ for me. To delete simply clear this line and click on ‘Save’ and close the file.
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