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ControlPad

Editors' Review

by   / November 06, 2010

Sector-Seven's ControlPad takes hot keys to the next level by transforming your keyboard's number pad into a tool for quickly launching programs, files, or Web sites. Any Windows command can be executed by a series of numbers or letters that you choose.

ControlPad is completely portable and is even available configured as a portable application for installation on USB drives and other mobile devices. We installed ControlPad in a folder on the desktop and activated the program, which showed its active status via a system tray icon that displayed a well-stocked file menu when we right-clicked it. ControlPad is very easy to use: With the program active, we pressed the asterisk key on the number pad and held it briefly. A compact dialog appeared in which we entered a number combination. We pressed the forward slash key (/) on the number pad, and the dialog for entering a command appeared. We typed "notepad" and pressed Enter, and the dialog disappeared. We then pressed and held the asterisk key again, typed in our code, and pressed Enter, and Notepad opened. Pretty cool. Next we browsed to VLC Media Player's desktop shortcut using the ControlPad interface's file browser and entered a new code. When we typed in the code, the player popped right up. The brackets button lets you launch just about anything, such as the volume mute control. We selected the command and opened a video. Typing the code muted the sound; retyping it restored the previous volume setting. The Options dialog let us change the look and transparency of the pop-up, its color, and other aspects, and you can save and reopen your settings, too. There's a handy list of common codes the program uses for various tasks; for instance, 902 opens the Code List itself.

ControlPad is a unique and useful tool that can save you time accessing the files, programs, and processes you use most often. You can program commands almost as fast as you can launch them, and its usefulness seems limited only by your ability to remember the commands you program!

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Editors' Review

by   / November 06, 2010

Sector-Seven's ControlPad takes hot keys to the next level by transforming your keyboard's number pad into a tool for quickly launching programs, files, or Web sites. Any Windows command can be executed by a series of numbers or letters that you choose.

ControlPad is completely portable and is even available configured as a portable application for installation on USB drives and other mobile devices. We installed ControlPad in a folder on the desktop and activated the program, which showed its active status via a system tray icon that displayed a well-stocked file menu when we right-clicked it. ControlPad is very easy to use: With the program active, we pressed the asterisk key on the number pad and held it briefly. A compact dialog appeared in which we entered a number combination. We pressed the forward slash key (/) on the number pad, and the dialog for entering a command appeared. We typed "notepad" and pressed Enter, and the dialog disappeared. We then pressed and held the asterisk key again, typed in our code, and pressed Enter, and Notepad opened. Pretty cool. Next we browsed to VLC Media Player's desktop shortcut using the ControlPad interface's file browser and entered a new code. When we typed in the code, the player popped right up. The brackets button lets you launch just about anything, such as the volume mute control. We selected the command and opened a video. Typing the code muted the sound; retyping it restored the previous volume setting. The Options dialog let us change the look and transparency of the pop-up, its color, and other aspects, and you can save and reopen your settings, too. There's a handy list of common codes the program uses for various tasks; for instance, 902 opens the Code List itself.

ControlPad is a unique and useful tool that can save you time accessing the files, programs, and processes you use most often. You can program commands almost as fast as you can launch them, and its usefulness seems limited only by your ability to remember the commands you program!

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Full Specifications

General

Publisher Sector-Seven
Publisher web site http://sector-seven.net
Release Date December 18, 2010
Date Added December 18, 2010
Version 0.72

Category

Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Launchers

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 98/2000/XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size 1.13MB
File Name ControlPad_Setup.exe

Popularity

Total Downloads 1,905
Downloads Last Week 1

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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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